Project Safe Neighborhoods:
VERMONT MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL
GUN DEALING, MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION
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 KYLE FARACE, 25, of Brattleboro, Vermont, with one count of dealing in firearms without a license, three counts of interstate transfer of firearms, and four counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana.
The indictment was returned on August 3 and FARACE was arrested in Brattleboro on August 9. Following his arrest, FARACE appeared before a United States magistrate judge in Burlington, Vermont, and was released on bond. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut, on August 17.
The indictment alleges that, between April 12 and June 2, 2011, FARACE illegally engaged in the business of dealing in firearms. It also alleges that on three occasions in April 2011, FARACE transferred firearms to someone who resided in a different state. The indictment further alleges that on three occasions in April 2011, FARACE possessed marijuana with the intent to distribute it.
Each of the firearms offenses carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. The marijuana charges carry a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million, on each count.
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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), the Hartford Police Department, the East Hartford Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.
U.S. Attorney Fein also acknowledged the assistance of the ATF and DEA in Burlington, the Addison County (Vt.) Sheriff’s Department, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont.
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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