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New Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm and Narcotics Charges

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that MICHAEL DAVIS, also known as “Clep,” “Clip,” and “Michael Smith,” 33, of New Haven, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to firearm and narcotics offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in December 2018, law enforcement began investigating Davis related to a threatening incident in New Haven.  Davis was arrested on December 7, 2018.  At the time of his arrest, he possessed distribution quantities of heroin and cocaine.  A subsequent search of his vehicle revealed a Smith & Wesson SD 40 handgun.

Davis’s criminal history includes multiple felony convictions for narcotics offenses and a conviction for escape in the first degree.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Davis pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, and one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.  Judge Dooley scheduled sentencing for August 7, 2019.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Haven Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Gentile.

Updated April 30, 2019

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