FORMER MEMBER OF STAMFORD LATIN KINGS SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING ECSTASY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JEFFREY NUNEZ, also known as “J-Free,” “Jeff,” and “Brother Jeff,” 28, of Stamford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute MDMA, commonly known as “ecstasy.”
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, NUNEZ is a former member of the Stamford Chapter of the Latin Kings. During the investigation, NUNEZ supplied codefendant Patrick Uzar with more than 250 grams of ecstasy.
Judge Burns ordered, as a condition of NUNEZ’s supervised release, that NUNEZ have no involvement with gangs upon his release from incarceration.
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.
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