News Release
For Immediate Release:
April 02, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Felon Arrested in Norwalk Sentenced to Nearly Four Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

APR 02 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FITZROY SMITH, 39, formerly of Charron Street, Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.  On July 31, 2008, SMITH pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, SMITH was arrested by the Norwalk Police Department on March 27, 2007, as he attempted to receive a package containing approximately 20 pounds of marijuana that had been shipped from California.  At the time of his arrest, SMITH possessed a fully loaded .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun with an obliterated serial number.  Prior to March 2007, SMITH had been convicted of felony offenses in Connecticut and Georgia state courts, including a Connecticut conviction for assault on an officer and multiple convictions in Connecticut and Georgia for possession of narcotics.

SMITH has been in custody since his arrest.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Norwalk Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James R. Smart.

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, 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.