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East Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

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

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS SALAMAN, also known as “J,” “Lou Benz,” “Louie Benz” and “Benz,” 20, of East Haven, pleaded guilty today via videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas O. Farrish in Hartford to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 22, 2020, New Haven Police officers arrested Salaman on an outstanding state arrest warrant after he entered a store on the corner of Ferry Street and Sanford Street in New Haven.  At the time of his arrest, Salaman possessed a loaded Sig Sauer 1911 .45 caliber firearm with an obliterated serial number, and heroin and marijuana that he intended to distribute.

Salaman has been detained since his federal arrest on October 2, 2020.

Salaman is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on October 17, 2022, at which time he faces a mandatory term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Haven Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Konstantin Lantsman and Natasha Freismuth.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN 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 July 14, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses