News Release
May 23, 2008

Project Safe Neighborhoods: Career Offender Sentenced To More Than 21 Years In Federal Prison For Drug And Guns Sales

MAY 23 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS RODRIGUEZ, also known as “Face,” 32, of Finney Lane, Stamford, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 262 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release. On January 16, 2008, a jury found RODRIGUEZ guilty of one count of unlawfully possessing a sawed-off shotgun after having been convicted of a felony, and one count of distributing cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

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, including a recent federal conviction in the District of Connecticut for having conspired to distribute phencyclidine (“PCP”). RODRIGUEZ had been on federal supervised release for less than one month at the time of his arrest in this case.

“This strict sentence should serve as a warning to convicted felons who continue to possess or sell guns and drugs,” Acting U.S. Attorney Dannehy stated. “When given a second chance, make the best of it, or face serious time in federal prison.”

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. On May 19, Guzman was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment. Colon 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.