Project Safe Neighborhoods:
BRIDGEPORT MAN SENTENCED TO 82 MONTHS IN FEDERAL
PRISON FOR TRADING CRACK COCAINE FOR THREE FIREARMS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WALTER S. WILLIAMS, 31, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 82 months of imprisonment, followed by eight years of supervised release, for trading crack cocaine for three firearms.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 28, 2010, WILLIAMS, Shawn S. Lehal and Torre Green were arrested after they met with an undercover law enforcement officer in Bridgeport and distributed approximately 35 grams of crack cocaine in exchange for three semi-automatic handguns.
At the time of this offense, WILLIAMS was on state parole from a prior conviction for selling narcotics. Following his arrest on April 28, 2010, WILLIAMS was remanded to the Connecticut Department of Correction based on his alleged parole violation. WILLIAMS will begin serving his 82-month federal sentence after his release from state custody, which is currently scheduled for July 2012.
On March 25, 2011, WILLIAMS 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 Green, also of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty to the same charge. On August 23, 2011, Green was sentenced to 84 months of imprisonment. Lehal awaits 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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