HARTFORD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HEROIN
DISTRIBUTION, ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION CHARGES
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DAVID ALVARADO, 27, of Cleveland Avenue, Hartford, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 18, 2011, ALVARADO possessed heroin and a 9x19mm pistol.
Prior to July 18, 2011, ALVARADO had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Connecticut, including possession of narcotics, criminal violation of a protective order, burglary and larceny.
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 June 14, 2012, at which time ALVARADO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on the heroin distribution charge and a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years on the firearm possession charge. However, ALVARADO may be subject to the Armed Career Criminal Act, a federal law imposing severe penalties for firearm or ammunition possession by persons who have been convicted of at least three violent felonies or serious drug offenses. If Judge Underhill determines that ALVARADO qualifies as an Armed Career Criminal, he faces a minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of life.
ALVARADO has been detained since his arrest on October 7, 2011.
This matter 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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