HARTFORD MAN CHARGED WITH
GUN AND AMMUNITION POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment today charging FELIX CARTAGENA, 30, of Park Street, Hartford, with one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and one count of possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon.
The indictment alleges that on October 26, 2011, CARTAGENA possessed a 9mm handgun and 9mm caliber ammunition. It also alleges that, prior to October 26, 2011, CARTAGENA had been convicted of multiple felony drug trafficking offenses.
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.
If convicted, CARTAGENA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years on each count.
CARTAGENA has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on October 26, 2011.
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 was 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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