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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 22, 2022

Farmington Man Sentenced to Prison for Florida to Connecticut Gun Trafficking Scheme

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DOMINIC COLON-BROWN, 28, of Farmington, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 12 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking firearms that were stolen in Florida to Connecticut.  Judge Meyer also ordered Colon-Brown to pay a $2,200 fine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in January 2021, Colon-Brown sold a firearm to a convicted felon.  He then conspired with Julian Judge and another individual to obtain firearms in Florida and sell them in Connecticut.  In late February 2021, Colon-Brown and Judge drove to Florida, obtained three handguns and transported them back to Connecticut.  Colon Brown and Judge knew the firearms were stolen or otherwise illegally obtained.

On March 8, 2021, law enforcement recovered the three firearms, as well as more than 100 rounds of ammunition and approximately 60 grams of cocaine, during a search of a New Britain apartment.

During the investigation, Colon-Brown and his associates were captured in recorded conversations discussing the illegal acquisition and sale of firearms.  Colon-Brown and Judge also posted photos of themselves on social media in possession of firearms.

Colon-Brown was arrested on May 27, 2021.  On January 20, 2022, he pleaded guilty to one count of transporting stolen firearms across state lines.

Judge, of New Britain, pleaded guilty to the same charge and, on May 27, 2022, he was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.

This investigation has been conducted by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force, New Britain Police Department, Farmington Police Department, West Hartford Police Department and Pasco County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel M. Krull.

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  In May 2021, the Justice Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: Fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
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Updated August 22, 2022