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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Waterbury Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearm And Narcotics Offenses


Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRANDON SAPP, 28, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one count of possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Watertown Police observed SAPP drive up to a residence on Franklin Avenue and conduct what appeared to be a narcotics transaction with another individual standing outside of the home.  When officers attempted to stop his car, SAPP pulled away at a high rate of speed.  In the ensuing pursuit, SAPP struck a police vehicle, exited his car and fled on foot.  He was apprehended a short time later.

A search of the route through which SAPP had fled revealed a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, and a search of his car revealed three 9mm firearm magazines, 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 375 baggies heroin marked “Obsession.”  SAPP also possessed approximately $990 in cash.

Judge Arterton scheduled sentencing for April 15, 2015, at which time SAPP faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years for the narcotics offense, and a consecutive term of imprisonment of at least five years for the firearm offense.

This matter has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Watertown Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Vidoni.

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Updated March 18, 2015