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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Connecticut Financial Center
157 Church Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510

For Immediate Release

January 22, 2009

Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney

Contact: Tom Carson, Public Information Office

(203) 821-3722

(203) 996-1393 (cell)

Project Safe Neighborhoods:
New Haven Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Gun, Crack Cocaine

Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDRE PRESCOTT, also known as Droop, 26, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. On October 23, 2008, PRESCOTT pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine), and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on September 7, 2008, PRESCOTT traveled from New York City to New Haven while in possession of 21.4 grams of crack cocaine and a Llama, .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number. PRESCOTT, who is an admitted member of the Crips street gang, intended to sell both the crack cocaine and the firearm when he arrived in New Haven. Law enforcement officers intercepted PRESCOTT before he was able to sell the crack cocaine and firearm.

PRESCOTT previously was convicted in the State of Maryland of possession of a handgun in a motor vehicle. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony to possess a firearm that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

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 United States Attorney Christopher M. Mattei.

Acting U.S. Attorney Dannehy noted that this prosecution is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. This program is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents throughout Connecticut. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.