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New Haven Man Sentenced to More That 3 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ORLANDO ESTRADA, 26, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from an investigation conducted by the New Haven Police Department and the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets Task Force.

On December 15, 2014, New Haven Police encountered ESTRADA and another male in an improperly-parked vehicle in the Fair Haven section of New Haven.  When officers approached the car, the other occupant, who was in the driver’s seat, attempted to flee the scene and was observed throwing a packet before he was taken into custody.  Officers located the packet, which was found to contain crack cocaine.

 An officer conducted a search of ESTRADA, who had been in the passenger seat of the car, and located a laser sight for a handgun in one of ESTRADA’s pockets.  ESTRADA then advised the officer that there was a loaded pistol under the passenger seat.  The officer seized the firearm and ESTRADA was arrested.

Prior to December 2014, ESTRADA had been convicted of multiple felony offenses.

ESTRADA has been detained since his arrest.  On June 11, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

The FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets Task Force includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden and Milford Police Departments, the Connecticut State Police and the State of Connecticut Department of Correction.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney H. Gordon Hall.

Updated May 26, 2016