Project Safe Neighborhoods:
BRIDGEPORT MAN SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN FEDERAL
PRISON FOR TRADING CRACK COCAINE FOR THREE FIREARMS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that TORRE GREEN, 31, of Bridgeport, was sentenced late yesterday, August 24, by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trading crack cocaine for three firearms.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 28, 2010, GREEN, Shawn S. Lehal and Walter S. Williams were arrested after they met with an undercover law enforcement officer in Bridgeport and distributed approximately 39 grams of crack cocaine in exchange for three semi-automatic handguns.
On March 31, 2011, GREEN pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
Lehal and Williams, both of Bridgeport, have pleaded guilty to the same charge and await sentencing.
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Bridgeport Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed.
This prosecution is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, a program that is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents throughout Connecticut. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.
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