Project Safe Neighborhoods:
DERBY MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment charging ALBERT LOPEZ, 41, of Derby Avenue, Derby, with one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. The Indictment was returned yesterday, August 3.
The indictment alleges that, on April 2, 2011, LOPEZ possessed a 9mm pistol. The indictment further alleges that, prior to that date, LOPEZ had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Connecticut state court, and federal courts in both Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Specifically, the indictment alleges that LOPEZ has been convicted of second degree assault with a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of contraband by an inmate, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
If convicted of this charge, LOPEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
LOPEZ was on federal supervised release at the time he is alleged to have committed this offense. He was arrested on April 15, 2011, for violating the conditions of his supervised release and has been detained since that time.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the Connecticut State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan S. Freimann and Ndidi Moses.
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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