New Haven Man Charged with Possessing Stolen Firearms
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian C. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging ABDURRAHMAN AKHDAR, 26, New Haven, with one count of possession of stolen firearms.
The indictment was returned on February 20, 2019. Akhdar appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford and entered a plea of not guilty to the offense.
The indictment alleges that, on November 30, 2015, Akhdar unlawfully possessed, stored and disposed of a Smith & Wesson .380 caliber pistol and a Colt .45 caliber pistol, both of which had travelled in interstate commerce. The indictment further alleges that Akhdar knew or had reasonable cause to believe the firearms were stolen.
If convicted of the offense, Akhdar faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
Akhdar is detained pending trial as he is currently serving a state prison sentence.
U.S. Attorney Durham 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 matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hamden Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.