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New Haven Felon Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDRE JOHNSON, also known as “Cuzz Crip” and “Cuzzy Blue,” 30, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 28, 2019, law enforcement conducted a controlled purchase of a handgun an extended magazine from Johnson in exchange for $900.  After the transaction, investigators seized a Taurus model PT 24/7 Pro DS 9mm, a loaded extended magazine and a loaded standard magazine that Johnson transferred during the purchase.

Johnson’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for illegal possession of an assault weapon and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Johnson has been detained since his arrest on April 11, 2019.

Judge Dooley scheduled sentencing for October 23, 2019, at which time Johnson faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New Haven Police Department and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter D. Markle and Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis.

This prosecution has been brought through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Updated January 30, 2020

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