MERIDEN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL FIREARM CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALEXIS CARTAGENA, 37, of Meriden, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 17, 2009, CARTAGENA participated in the sale of one Colt Sporter .223 caliber semi-automatic firearm and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an undercover officer for $1,400.
Prior to September 17, 2009, CARTAGENA had sustained two felony convictions and the firearm had moved in interstate or foreign commerce. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for November 9, 2012, at which time CARTAGENA faces a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with substantial assistance provided by the Meriden Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marc H. Silverman.
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