Bridgeport Jury Finds Stamford Man Guilty Of Federal Drug And Gun Charges
JAN 17 -- June Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Bridgeport has found LUIS RODRIGUEZ, also known as “Face,” 32, of Finney Lane, Stamford, guilty of unlawfully possessing a sawed-off shotgun after having previously been convicted of a felony, and of distributing cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). The trial before United States District Janet C. Hall began on Monday, January 14, and the jury returned its verdict yesterday, January 16, after deliberating for approximately two hours.
The evidence presented at trial established that, on September 26, 2006, RODRIGUEZ and Angel Guzman sold 3.7 grams of crack cocaine for $250 at their Finney Lane residence and negotiated for the future sale of a .38 caliber handgun, a shotgun, and a bulletproof vest. The evidence further established that, on September 28, 2006, RODRIGUEZ received a sawed-off shotgun from Luis Colon, also known as “Chip,” and sold that firearm for a total price of $600.
RODRIGUEZ has multiple prior felony convictions for the sale and possession of narcotics in the State of Connecticut. RODRIGUEZ also pleaded guilty in July 2005 to a federal charge in the District of Connecticut for having conspired to distribute phencyclidine (“PCP”). He was on supervised release for that conviction at the time of his arrest in this case.
Judge Hall has scheduled sentencing for April 4, 2008. Due to RODRIGUEZ’ criminal history, he faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum of life.
On December 17, 2007, Guzman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine on December 17, 2007. On June 27, 2007, Colon pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. Each awaits sentencing.
This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Stamford Police Department, and the State of Connecticut’s Forensic Science Laboratory. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Edward T. Kang and Christopher M. Mattei.
U.S. Attorney O’Connor noted that this prosecution is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. This program is aimed at reducing gun 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.