States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|June 15, 2011|
Project Safe Neighborhoods:
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTHONY UZAR, III, 28, of Stamford, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 12, 2011, UZAR knowingly possessed a Remington 12 gauge shotgun, Model 1100. Prior to that date, UZAR had been convicted of a felony offense.
It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
Judge Burns has scheduled sentencing for September 2, 2011, at which time UZAR faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
UZAR has been detained since his arrest on May 12, 2011.
This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation into the alleged trafficking of firearms, including machine guns, and narcotics in southwestern Connecticut. More than 100 firearms have been purchased or seized during the investigation, and a total of 17 individuals, including UZAR, have been charged with various federal offenses.
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals Service, the Stamford Police Department, the Bridgeport Police Department, the Norwalk Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Correction. The investigation was funded in significant part by the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and supported by the Office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.
This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and Marc H. Silverman.
U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
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