News Release
For Immediate Release:
October 9, 2008
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Stamford Man Sentenced To 20 Months In Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

OCT 9 -- Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS COLON, 23, of Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 20 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On June 27, 2007, COLON pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on September 28, 2006, COLON distributed a sawed-off shotgun to Luis Rodriguez, also known as “Face,” and Angel Guzman at 91 Finney Lane in Stamford. Later that day, Rodriguez and Guzman sold the firearm to an individual cooperating with law enforcement for $600.

COLON previously was convicted in the State of Connecticut of possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony to possess a firearm that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

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”). On May 23, 2008, Rodriguez was sentenced to 262 months of imprisonment.

On December 17, 2007, Guzman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine. On May 19, 2008, he was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment.

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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Edward T. Kang and Christopher M. Mattei.

Acting U.S. Attorney Dannehy 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.