HARTFORD MAN PLEADS GUILTY
TO ILLEGAL AMMUNITION POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FELIX CARTAGENA, 30, of Park Street, Hartford, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny to one count of possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 26, 2011, Cartagena possessed 9mm caliber ammunition. Prior to that date, 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.
Judge Chatigny has scheduled sentencing for August 8, 2012, at which time Cartagena faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
Cartagena has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on October 26, 2011.
This case has been 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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