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Danbury Man Arrested in Stamford with Gun and Drugs Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ, also known as “Sosa,” 28, of Danbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm in connection with his drug trafficking activities.

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.  On March 15, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Stamford Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen L. Peck and Law Student Intern Matthew Renetzky.

Updated July 17, 2019

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