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ATF, US Attorney’s Office Investigation Results in Arrest and Detention of Cranston Resident on Federal Drug Trafficking, Firearm Charges

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An ongoing investigation by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Attorney’s Office has resulted in the arrest and detention of Antonio Fortes, 24, of Cranston, on federal drug trafficking and firearm charges, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of ATF.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Vergennes Man, Kyle Tetreault, Sentenced to 38 Months in Jail for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearms

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Eugenia A.P. Cowles, the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that Kyle Tetreault, 24, of Vergennes, Vermont, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge William K. Sessions III, to 38 months in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms. Tetreault was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release following his release from prison.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Woonsocket Resident Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Hobbs Act Robbery, Firearms Charges

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tyronne Seams, 29, of Woonsocket, pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence on Tuesday to his role in a September 2013 armed robbery at a Woonsocket residence, during which time he and an accomplice allegedly fired their weapons at the occupants, assaulted at least one person, and fled with a bag of cocaine and a firearm they allegedly stole from one of the occupants, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas S. Carey.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Springfield Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Distribution

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BOSTON – Stephen Tavernier, 27, of Springfield, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine, and distribution of cocaine. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for June 29, 2015.

On Aug. 6, 2013, Tavernier sold cocaine to an undercover federal agent on Main Street in Springfield, just yards from the state courthouse. Tavernier also admitted that, during the transaction, he removed a bag of crack cocaine from his mouth and handed it to the agent. The drug purchase was captured on video.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Scranton Man Pleads Guilty to Tobacco Tax Fraud

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BOSTON – A Scranton, Pa. man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Springfield to charges relating to tobacco tax evasion.

Irfan Sami, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of wire fraud for his role in a multi-state scheme to defraud Massachusetts and Connecticut of tax revenue relating to cigars and smokeless tobacco.  Sami had been charged in November 2014.  U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Sept. 24, 2015.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Albert Torres Morales Sentenced to 84 Months on Firearms and Drug Charges

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Albert Torres Morales, 30, of Richford, Vermont was sentenced today to 84 months imprisonment on charges that he carried a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and conspired to distribute heroin, cocaine base, and cocaine. Chief Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that Torres Morales serve a three-year period of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

New Haven Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROBERT SANTOS, also known as “Scoot,” 33, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by eight years of supervised release, for distributing narcotics.

Last Reviewed March 16, 2015

Shelton Man Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Heroin

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JERMAINE BUCHANAN, also known as “Hot Main,” 20, of Shelton, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Norwalk Man Who Illegally Sold Firearms Sentenced to more than 3 Years in Federal Prison

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RAUL CABAN-MARTES, 22, of Norwalk, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 40 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally selling firearms.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

New Haven Narcotics Dealer Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Federal Prison

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PHILIP BRYANT, also known as “Phat Phil” and “Fizzy,” 28, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 135 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing narcotics.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Three Worcester Men Convicted in Crack Cocaine Conspiracy Trail

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BOSTON – Following a seven-day trial, three Worcester men were convicted yesterday of distributing crack cocaine in the City of Worcester and surrounding areas. Sergio Hernandez, 33, James "Speedro" Dunston, 33, and Anthony Wooldridge, 30, were convicted of conspiracy with the intent to distribute over 280 grams of “crack” cocaine. Wooldridge was also convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. A fourth co-defendant, Richard Cruz, aka Compi, 42, of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty on the second day of trial to conspiring to sell over 500 grams of powder cocaine. U.S.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Larry Garrow, Jr. Sentenced to 30 Months in Connection with Burglary of Hardwick Gun Store

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Larry Garrow, Jr., 27, of Richford, Vermont was sentenced on Friday to 30 months of imprisonment on a charge of possession stolen firearms. Chief Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that Garrow pay $8,000 in restitution to the Rite Way Sports Shop, and serve a three-year period of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Springfield Felon Sentenced for Making Threats with Firearm

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BOSTON – A Springfield man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Worcester in connection with using a firearm to threaten his parents.

Jamel Bolden, 22, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In November 2014, Bolden pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally possess a firearm and ammunition and conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Federal Prison for Heading Drug Trafficking Ring

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RONELL HANKS, also known as “Biz” and “Ace,” 25, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 204 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for heading a large Bridgeport-based narcotics trafficking ring.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

New Haven Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Committing Arson that Killed Three in Fair Haven

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HECTOR NATAL, also known as “Boom” and “Boom Boom,” 29, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to life imprisonment. After a four-week trial, Natal was convicted of committing the March 2011 arson of a two-family house in the Fair Haven section of New Haven that caused the deaths of 41-year-old Wanda Roberson, her 8-year-old son Quayshaun Roberson and her 21-year-old niece Jaqueeta Roberson.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 7 years in Federal Prison for Role in Drug Trafficking Ring

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that OMAR BAHAMONDE, also known as “Dirk,” 30, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking narcotics in Bridgeport.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

Springfield Felon Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Firearms and Drug Charges

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BOSTON – A Springfield man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court for conspiring to illegally possess a firearm and ammunition and for conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Kevin Sligar, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 10 years in prison and ten years of supervised release. In October 2014, Sligar pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally possess a firearm and ammunition and conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

Gun Dealers Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violations

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that BRIAN VANACORE, 49, of North Branford, GREG BODYTKO, 55, of Northford, were sentenced yesterday Bridgeport federal court for violating federal firearms laws. U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel ordered VANACORE and BODYTKO to serve, one year of probation, pay a $500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. According to court documents and statements made in court, VANACORE and BODYTKO were the owners of BMG LLC (BMC), which operated a gun store at 2585 Berlin Turnpike in Newington.

Last Reviewed May 4, 2015

New Hampshire Man Sentenced on Firearms Charges

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CONCORD, N.H. – Johnathon Irish, 28, of Brentwood, New Hampshire, was sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 18 months in prison on firearms charges, including one count of aiding and abetting a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm, and one count of lying to a federal law enforcement agent, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas. In February 2013, Irish lied to a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation while he was being interviewed about his personal firearms.

Last Reviewed May 4, 2015

Richford Vermont Man Sentenced in Cross-Border Marijuana Trafficking Conspiracy

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont has stated that Jeffrey Donna, 39, of Richford, Vermont has been sentenced to prison for his role in a crossborder marijuana trafficking conspiracy. In August 2014, Donna was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. As part of his sentence, Donna has forfeited a second home in Florida, a second Florida property, a Richford, Vermont rental property, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a Polaris ATV, a Cadillac Escalade, twenty-two guns, and $135,000 in drug money. Donna will begin serving his 32 month sentence in March.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

Hartford Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ASA BOYD, 35, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm. According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 30, 2014, the Hartford Police Department’s Intelligence Division received information that an individual driving a red Grand Am was in possession of .45 caliber pistol and selling drugs in the vicinity of Capitol Avenue.

Last Reviewed May 4, 2015

Groton Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to More Than 6 Years in Federal Prison

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JUAN G. CHEVEREZ, also known as “Guinchi,” 33, of Groton, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 77 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release for conspiring to import and distribute cocaine in southeastern Connecticut. According to court documents and statements made in court, in early 2012, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), the U.S.

Last Reviewed May 4, 2015

New Haven Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearm

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JEROME T. WALKER, also known as “Ratchet,” 26, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.  WALKER also was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service.

Last Reviewed May 4, 2015

New London Man Sentenced To More Than 7 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that on Friday, January 30, MAURICE L. MILLIGAN, 36, of New London, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 90 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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