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Bridgeport Gun Trafficker Sentenced to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DAQUAN LAMONT WRIGHT, 26, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in New Haven to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing and selling firearms.

According to court documents and statements made in court, an investigation determined that Wright was illegally selling firearms without a license.  In January and February 2023, investigators made three controlled purchases of handguns from Wright.  One of the handguns had been reported stolen in North Carolina.  During the investigation, Wright indicated that he possessed, and had access to, other firearms and firearm parts.

Wright was arrested on March 13, 2023.  On that date, a search of his Bridgeport residence revealed a Glock Model 43 handgun, ammunition, and various gun parts.

Wright was previously convicted in state court of theft of a firearm, and possession with intent to sell narcotics.  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.

Wright has been detained since his arrest.  On July 5, 2023, he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Connecticut State Police, and the Bridgeport, Fairfield, and Stamford Police Departments.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis through the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.  PSN, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts, is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated November 20, 2023

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