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U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
John H. Durham
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tom Carson

New London Felon Admits to Trafficking Guns from Georgia to Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that QUADELL DANIELS, 32, of New London, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
 
According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 20, 2017, members of the Connecticut Statewide Narcotics Task Force East and New London Police Department conducted a court-authorized search of a New London residence and seized a Beretta, Model BU9 Nano, 9mm pistol, and a Jimenez Arms, Model J.A. Nine, 9mm pistol.  Subsequent investigation revealed that, in April 2017, Daniels and his girlfriend entered a pawn shop in Hinesville, Georgia.  Daniels, who had provided cash to his girlfriend before entering the shop, selected two firearms for his girlfriend to purchase on his behalf.  After his girlfriend completed the purchase, she provided the firearms to Daniels.  Daniels transported the firearms to Connecticut.
 
In July 2017, Daniels and his girlfriend similarly purchased another five firearms at the same pawn shop, and they transported the guns to Connecticut.
 
Two of the seven firearms purchased by Daniels and his girlfriend were seized during the search of the New London residence on July 20, 2017.
 
In 2012, Daniels was convicted in Connecticut state court of attempted assault in the second degree, and possession of a firearm without a permit.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
 
Daniels was arrested on December 1, 2017. 

Judge Shea scheduled sentencing for June 3, 2019, at which time Daniels faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
 
Daniels is released on a $100,000 bond.
 
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force East and New London Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alina P. Reynolds.
 
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 neighborhoods safer for everyone.
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