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Hartford Man Indicted For Illegally Possessing Sawed-Off Firearm and Bullet Proof Vest

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Hartford has returned an indictment charging KIEJUAN HAUGABOOK, 35, of Hartford, with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession of a sawed-off firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of possession of body armor by a violent felon. The indictment was returned on June 11 and was unsealed today during HAUGABOOK’s arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven.

Two Detained in Federal Custody in Alleged Home Invasion, Hobbs Act Robbery Conspiracy

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Allen Prout, 42, of Providence, and Emmett Blyden, 43, of no known address, were ordered detained in federal custody today by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan on allegations that they conspired to commit an armed home invasion in Providence, where they were expecting to find two kilos of heroin and a large amount of cash, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Monroe Man Sentenced to Almost 4 Years on Federal Drug Charges

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Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Paul Ford, 33, of Monroe, Maine, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 46 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and manufacturing marijuana.  Ford pleaded guilty to the offenses on May 7, 2013.

Providence Heroin Dealer Arrested While on State Probation Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Moises Tronilo, 28, of Providence, was sentenced today to 5 years in federal prison for trafficking heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Lucky

K-9 Lucky started his career with the Guiding Eyes for The Blind, but soon found he was best suited as a detector canine. He was selected by ATF to become an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC), because of his high drive to work. He completed the 16-week training at the ATF National Canine Center in Front Royal, Va., where K-9 Lucky was trained to alert on up to 19,000 explosives odor combinations to include firearms and ammunition. His job is to help ATF agents and law enforcement officers find explosives and firearms.

K-9 Lucky lives in Boston, but travels nationwide.

3rd Defendant Pleads Guilty in Hobbs Act Robbery Conspiracy

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Gennaro Miele, 61, of Niantic, CT., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, in connection with a home invasion and robbery in March 2010 of a 78-year-old associate of the Gambino crime family, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

New Haven Man Sentenced to More than 7 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 ANGEL L. MELENDEZ, 27, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 90 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.

Convicted Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug, Firearm Charge

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence resident previously convicted in state court on drug trafficking charges pleaded guilty in federal court today to federal drug trafficking and firearm charges and faces up to 70 years in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Stamford Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Gun Charge, Admits Violating Supervised Release

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that, on May 28, 2014, in Bridgeport federal court, GERALD COLEY, 44, of Stamford, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.  COLEY also admitted to violating the terms and conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction.

West Hartford Man Sentenced To 71 Months In Federal Prison For Role In Narcotics Trafficking Ring

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FABIAN AUGUSTINE, also known as “J” and “Fabe,” 24, of West Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 71 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking crack cocaine and heroin.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Providence Landlord in Alleged Arson-for-Hire Scheme

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A federal grand jury returned a nine-count superseding indictment on Tuesday charging a Providence landlord with allegedly masterminding an arson-for-hire conspiracy which resulted in an occupied multi-family dwelling in Providence that he owned being damaged by fire and the collection of $8,000 in insurance payments, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré.

Appeals Court Upholds Conviction of Woonsocket Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Leader

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The First Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the conviction of Robert O. Robinson, 32, of Woonsocket, for running a crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy out of a Woonsocket bar, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Robinson was convicted by a federal court jury in June 2012 of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and ten counts of distribution of crack cocaine. He was sentenced in June 2012 by U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi to 22 years in federal prison.

Virginia Man Sentenced to 43 Months in Federal Prison for Trafficking Firerms to Connecticut

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAWAWN RICARDO HALE, 31, of Roanoke, Va., was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 43 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his participation in a conspiracy to traffic firearms from Virginia to Connecticut, and possessing firearms as a convicted felon.

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

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JEROME R. THOMAS, 22, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Federal Jury Finds Bridgeport Man with Violent Criminal History Guilty of Illegal Gun Possession

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Hartford has found JOSE ROQUE, 47, of Bridgeport, guilty of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.  The jury returned the verdict this morning after a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant.

Rangeley Man Sentenced to Almost Four Years on Firearms Charge

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Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Frank J. McConnell, III, a/k/a “Frank Thompson,” 23, of Rangeley, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Bangor to almost four years (46 months) of imprisonment, three years of supervised release and a $500 fine for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The defendant pleaded guilty on November 13, 2013.

Former Cape Cod Man Sentenced For Attempted Arson and Attempted Witness Tampering

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BOSTON – A former West Harwich man was sentenced today for attempting to recruit two homeless men to burn a West Harwich residence and then attempting to tamper with the witnesses of the criminal case.

Benjamin Parker, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole to six years in prison and three years of supervised release.  In March, Parker pleaded guilty to attempted arson, attempted kidnaping, and attempted witness tampering.

Eric Pack Of Burlington Sentenced To 60 Months For Distribution Of Crack Cocaine

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated Eric Pack, 54, of Burlington, Vermont was sentenced on May 13, 2014 for distribution of crack cocaine. Judge J. Garvan Murtha, sitting in Brattleboro, sentenced Pack to 60 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

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