New Haven Man Charged With Federal Crack Cocaine, Marijuana And Firearms Offenses
Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Hartford returned an indictment today charging FRANK D. GOMEZ, 34, of New Haven, with crack cocaine, marijuana and firearms offenses.
As alleged in the four-count indictment, on July 14, 2013, GOMEZ possessed with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and a quantity of marijuana. The indictment further alleges that GOMEZ, a previously convicted felon, also possessed a loaded .380 caliber Kel-Tec semi-automatic pistol in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities.
The indictment charges GOMEZ with possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), which carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years, and with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. The indictment also charges GOMEZ with possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, which carries a mandatory consecutive prison term of five years, and possession a firearm by a convicted felon, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. If GOMEZ is determined to be an Armed Career Criminal based on his prior criminal record, he faces a mandatory term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of life.
Acting U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an Indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven.
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the assistance of the New Haven Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John H. Durham.
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