Project Safe Neighborhoods:
STAMFORD MAN SENTENCED TO 37 MONTHS IN FEDERAL
PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING FIREARM AND AMMUNITION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTHONY UZAR, III, also known as “Ant” and “Hollywood,” 27, of Stamford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation into the trafficking of firearms and narcotics in southwestern Connecticut. According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 12, 2011, a federal search warrant was executed at 106 Frederick Street in Stamford, where UZAR resided, and also where the Stamford Chapter of the Latin Kings held weekly meetings. Among the items seized from UZAR’s residence was a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, as well as shotgun shells and nine-millimeter ammunition.
Prior to that date, UZAR had been convicted of assault in the second degree, a felony. 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.
On June 15, 2011, UZAR pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
UZAR has been detained since his arrest on May 12, 2011.
More than 100 firearms, including machine guns, 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 is being 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.
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