Project Safe Neighborhoods:
BRONX MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL PCP
DISTRIBUTION, ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION CHARGES
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RAHEEM HANSBERRY, also known as “Sean Reeds,” 34, of Grand Concourse, the Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of possession with intent to distribute 10 or more grams of Phencyclidine (“PCP”), and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 14, 2010, after fleeing from and struggling with Hartford police officers, HANSBERRY was arrested. A subsequent search of HANSBERRY’s person revealed a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol in his waistband and four glass vials containing more than 14 grams of pure PCP from his sweater pocket.
Prior to that date, HANSBERRY had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in New York and Connecticut, including two convictions for assault in the second degree, two convictions for fifth degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree larceny and possession of narcotics.
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.
Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for January 12, 2012, at which time HANSBERRY faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years on the PCP distribution offense, and a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years on the firearm possession offense.
HANSBERRY has been detained since his arrest on October 14, 2010.
This case has been investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.
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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