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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 3, 2019
John H. Durham
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tom Carson

New Haven Man Sentenced to More Than 5 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTHONY DUNCAN, also known as “Heavy D,” 32, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 63 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 24, 2017, New Haven Police officers stopped a vehicle Duncan was operating at the intersection of Starr Street and Sheffield Avenue in New Haven.  A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded Smith and Wesson M&P Shield .40 caliber handgun.

Prior to that date, Duncan had been convicted in state court of felony drug, robbery and weapon offenses.

On October 27, 2017, Duncan had been the victim of a shooting at the same intersection.

Duncan was arrested on state charges on November 24, 2017, and was released on bond.  On June 26, 2018, as investigators were attempting to arrest Duncan on a federal criminal complaint, Duncan drove his vehicle at a high rate of speed down a dead end road and across a field.  After the car was no longer operational, he fled on foot into a wooded area where he was apprehended.  A subsequent search of his residence revealed another firearm and quantities of crack cocaine and heroin.

Duncan has been detained since his arrest on June 26, 2018.  State charges related to Duncan’s flight from law enforcement and illegal possession of a firearm and narcotics are pending.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.


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