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FORMER PRESIDENT OF STAMFORD LATIN KINGS SENTENCED
TO 57 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DEALING FIREARMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2012

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SANTOS ZAMBRANA, also known as “Inca” and “Pres,” 25, of Stamford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to deal in firearms.

This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation into the trafficking of firearms and narcotics in southwestern Connecticut.  According to court documents and statements made in court, ZAMBRANA is a former president of the Stamford Chapter of the Latin Kings.  During the investigation, ZAMBRANA sold, through codefendant Patrick Uzar, a rifle with five 50-round magazines and one 100-round magazine to an individual working with law enforcement.  ZAMBRANA also was intercepted over a court-authorized wiretap arranging with Uzar to sell another firearm.

When law enforcement arrested ZAMBRANA in his residence on May 12, 2011, they recovered a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, as well as marijuana, bags used to package drugs for sale, a digital scale, currency, and Latin King paraphernalia including the book “My Bloody Life - The Making of a Latin King.”
Judge Burns ordered, as a condition of ZAMBRANA’s supervised release, that ZAMBRANA have no involvement with gangs upon his release from incarceration.

ZAMBRANA has been detained since his arrest.

On January 26, 2012, Patrick Uzar pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine, and one count of possession and transfer of a machine gun.  He awaits sentencing.

More than 100 firearms, including machine guns, have been purchased or seized during the investigation, and a total of 17 individuals have pleaded guilty to federal offenses.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals Service, the Stamford Police Department, the Bridgeport Police Department, the Norwalk Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Correction.  The investigation was funded in significant part by the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and supported by the Office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.

This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and Marc H. Silverman.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

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