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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 15, 2019

Danbury Cocaine Dealer Arrested in Stamford Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charge

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ, also known as “Sosa,” 28, of Danbury, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 12, 2018, Stamford Police arrested Rodriguez after he arrived at a location on Wardwell Street in Stamford to conduct a drug transaction.  A search of a backpack that Rodriguez was holding at the time of his arrest revealed approximately 58 grams of cocaine and 116 grams of marijuana.  A search of a secret storage compartment, or “trap,” within the vehicle that Rodriguez drove to the location revealed an additional 100 grams of cocaine, a Ruger 9mm handgun, and a loaded 9mm magazine.

Rodriguez has been detained since his federal arrest on January 10, 2019.

Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for June 7, 2019, at which time Rodriguez faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of life imprisonment.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Stamford Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen L. Peck.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated March 15, 2019