Project Safe Neighborhoods:
HARTFORD MAN CHARGED WITH
HEROIN DISTRIBUTION, 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 DAVID ALVARADO, 27, of Cleveland Avenue, Hartford, with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. The indictment was returned yesterday, October 6, and was unsealed following ALVARADO’s arrest today.
The indictment alleges that, on July 18, 2011, ALVARADO possessed a 9x19mm pistol and a distribution quantity of heroin. The indictment further alleges that, prior to that date, ALVARADO had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Connecticut, including possession of narcotics, criminal violation of a protective order, third degree burglary, second and third degree larceny and second degree robbery.
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.
ALVARADO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million if convicted of the heroin charge. He also faces a mandatory minimum five-year consecutive sentence if convicted of the charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. If ALVARADO is convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and it is determined that his alleged criminal history qualifies him as an Armed Career Criminal, he faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.
Following his arrest today, ALVARADO appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford and was ordered detained.
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 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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