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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

March 30, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney

Contact: Tom Carson, Public Information Office
(203) 821-3722

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Hartford Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Prison for Narcotics Distribution, Illegal Gun Possession

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MARCUS ARNOLD, 40, of Laurel Street, Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 188 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing narcotics and illegally possessing firearms.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 18, 2009, law enforcement officers conducted a search of ARNOLD’s residence and vehicle and seized approximately 82.5 grams of crack cocaine, 20.4 grams of Phencyclidine (PCP), drug paraphernalia, and other items associated with drug trafficking. Officers also seized a loaded .40 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number.

On October 28, 2009, law enforcement officers arrived at ARNOLD’s apartment to execute a federal arrest warrant. Officers then seized from his apartment another 7.4 grams of crack cocaine, 50 grams of PCP, and a loaded .357 caliber revolver, which had previously been reported stolen.

Prior to July 18, 2009, ARNOLD had been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including assault in the second degree, sale of hallucinogens or narcotics, conveying an unauthorized item into correctional institution, assault of a public safety or emergency medical personnel, possession of a sawed-off shotgun or silencer, possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and possession of narcotics. Today, Judge Hall found that ARNOLD qualified as a Career Offender based on his prior convictions.

On October 18, 2010, ARNOLD pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine) and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

ARNOLD has been detained since his arrest on October 28, 2009.

This case was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents of Connecticut's cities. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.