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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

April 29, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:
NEW HAVEN GUN AND DRUG TRAFFICKER
SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DANIEL BROWN, also known as “D,” 31, formerly of Blake Street, New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravtiz in New Haven to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by eight years of supervised release.  On July 14, 2010, BROWN pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

According to court documents and statements made in court, during April and May 2009, BROWN met on several occasions with an individual working with law enforcement.  During those meetings, BROWN negotiated the purchase of six firearms in exchange for 45 grams of crack cocaine.  BROWN advised that he was involved in illegal gun trafficking, and stated that he intended to re-sell the firearms that he was purchasing.  The individual working with law enforcement agreed to put BROWN in touch with a gun supplier.

On May 13, 2009, BROWN met with an undercover ATF agent posing as a gun supplier.  After BROWN provided the undercover agent with 45 grams of crack cocaine in exchange for six firearms, he was arrested.

As part of his plea agreement, BROWN admitted that he unlawfully possessed the firearms he purchased from the undercover ATF agent and that he intended to sell them.  Prior to this federal prosecution, BROWN had been convicted of four felony offenses.

BROWN has been detained since his arrest.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Haven Police Department pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mattei.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents of Connecticut’s cities. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

 

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U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

 

 

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