New Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Gun, Narcotics
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTRUM COSTON, 34, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (“crack”).
According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 11, 2016, New Haven Police stopped a vehicle COSTON was driving. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded Jimenez Arms 9 millimeter pistol, and a search of COSTON’s person revealed 13 baggies of cocaine and also a quantity of crack cocaine. The firearm had been previously reported stolen.
Prior to January 2016, COSTON had sustained multiple felony convictions, including a federal conviction in 2004 for possession of a firearm by a felon. COSTON was sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment on that prior federal conviction and, in June 2007, an additional 18 months of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release.
Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for August 10, 2017, at which time COSTON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the New Haven Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer R. Laraia and Michael E. Runowicz.