News Release
November 29, 2006

New Britain Man Pleads Guilty to
Federal Firearms and Narcotics Charges

NOV 29 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that LUIS CIRINO, also known as “Gordo,” age 29, formerly of 112 Dean Drive and 106 Willow Street, both in New Britain, Connecticut, pleaded guilty yesterday, November 27, before Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to one count of possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”), and possession of firearms and ammunition by a previously convicted felon.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on September 19, 2006, CIRINO was arrested at 112 Dean Drive by law enforcement officers with the New Britain Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, who were executing a federal arrest warrant for CIRINO and a federal search warrant for 112 Dean Drive.  The arrest warrant had been issued based on controlled purchases of crack cocaine and powder cocaine from CIRINO in June, July and August 2006.  When the officers arrived at the residence, they apprehended CIRINO as he was attempting to flush down the toilet approximately 100 grams of crack cocaine.

        During the execution of the search warrant, law enforcement officers discovered two Taurus semi-automatic handguns (one .40 caliber and one .45 caliber) hidden in a secret compartment in a master bedroom closet.  CIRINO is a convicted felon, having been convicted in Connecticut of Second Degree Assault in 1995.  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.

        Judge Dorsey has scheduled sentencing for March 26, 2007, at which time CIRINO faces a maximum term of life in prison, a mandatory minimum term of ten years in prison, and a fine of up to $4 million on the crack cocaine conviction, and a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the firearms conviction.  CIRINO also has agreed to forfeit, either as proceeds of the crack cocaine offense or as items used to facilitate the crack cocaine offense, more than $45,000 in cash and the firearms and ammunition seized from his Dean Drive residence.

        CIRINO has been detained since the date of his federal arrest. “This individual was responsible for distributing large quantities of crack and powder cocaine in and around New Britain and used firearms to further his enterprise,” U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated.  “I commend the local and federal authorities for working together to remove a very dangerous individual from the streets of New Britain.”

        This case has been investigated by the New Britain Police Department and the Hartford Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.