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Bridgeport Jury Finds Waterbury Man Guilty of Drug and Gun Offenses

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

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Bridgeport has found ANDRE DENNIS, 40, of Waterbury, guilty of narcotics and firearm offenses.  The trial before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden began on May 26 and the jury returned its verdict this morning.

According to the evidence at trial, in November 2018, Dennis was on special parole following his most recent conviction for possession of narcotics.  On November 29, 2018, Connecticut parole officers and the Waterbury Police Department conducted a compliance check at Dennis’ residence and found a loaded Smith & Wesson pistol and approximately 45 grams of fentanyl, 12 grams of crack cocaine, and seven grams of powder cocaine.  The search also revealed items used to process and package narcotics for sale, and more than $9,000 in cash.

Dennis’ criminal history includes several state felony convictions.  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.

The jury found Dennis guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine and cocaine base (“crack”), and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.  Dennis was found not guilty of one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

At sentencing, which is not scheduled, Dennis faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 50 years.

Dennis has been detained since his arrest on November 29, 2018.

This investigation has been conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Waterbury Police Department with the assistance of Connecticut State Parole.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Natasha Freismuth and Hal Chen.

Updated May 28, 2021

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