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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

August 31, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney

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

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Stamford Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Firearm and Drug Offenses

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GREGORY RUSSELL, also known as Fat G and G, formerly of Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for violations of federal firearms and drug laws.

On March 3, 2010, a federal jury found RUSSELL guilty of one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine), and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to the evidence presented at trial, on July 25, 2009, officers with the Stamford Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit who were conducting a drug investigation observed RUSSELL enter a car at the intersection of Atlantic Street and Woodland Avenue. The officers were aware that a parole violation warrant had been issued for RUSSELL’s arrest. When two officers attempted to take RUSSELL into custody, he refused their initial instructions to get out of the car. RUSSELL then emerged from the car suddenly, spun away from the officer closest to him, reached into his waistband and withdrew a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. As the officers attempted to subdue RUSSELL, he dropped the gun to the ground and fell to the sidewalk where he discarded 10 baggies of crack cocaine that were packaged for distribution. RUSSELL was then secured in handcuffs.

It was later determined that the .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol was loaded with hollow-point ammunition, with one round in the chamber and the safety mechanism on the weapon off.

At the time of his arrest, RUSSELL also was found in possession of $754 in cash, and a search of the vehicle revealed crack cocaine that was packaged for distribution.

Prior to July 25, 2009, RUSSELL had been convicted of multiple felony offenses. 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.

RUSSELL has been incarcerated since his federal arrest on December 3, 2009.

This case was investigated by the Stamford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The State of Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory and the State of Connecticut Controlled Substances and Toxicology Laboratory provided critical assistance to the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mattei.

U.S. Attorney Fein 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, sale and trafficking of guns, and improving the safety of residents throughout Connecticut. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.