NORWALK MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN SIX YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR MAKING AND SELLING MACHINE GUNS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GEORGE UZAR, SR., 49, of Norwalk, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 74 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for making and selling machine guns.
This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation into of the Stamford Chapter of the Latin Kings and the trafficking of firearms and narcotics in southwestern Connecticut. According to court documents and statements made in court, between October 2010 and April 2011, an individual working with law enforcement purchased 13 AK-47 and Sten-type machine guns from GEORGE UZAR’s nephew, Patrick Uzar. None of the firearms had serial numbers, a manufacturer’s name or an importer’s name. The investigation, which included court-authorized electronic surveillance, revealed that the machine guns were being manufactured by GEORGE UZAR, who transferred them to Patrick Uzar for sale to third parties. Patrick Uzar then provided GEORGE UZAR with a portion of the proceeds of those sales.
On May 12, 2011, a search of GEORGE UZAR’s Norwalk residence revealed 76 firearms, including five additional machine guns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. An additional machine gun was recovered at Patrick Uzar’s residence.
GEORGE UZAR has been detained since his arrest on May 12, 2011. On November 18, 2011, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession and transfer of a machine gun.
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. On June 5, 2012, he was sentenced to 135 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.
Seventeen individuals were charged with various federal offenses as a result of this investigation. All pleaded guilty, and GEORGE UZAR is the last defendant to be sentenced.
This matter was 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.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and Marc H. Silverman.
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