News Release
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

New London Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun, Drug and Money Laundering Offenses

APR 23 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that DANIEL QUINONES, also known as “Danny,” 27, of Mansfield Road, New London, pleaded guilty yesterday, April 20, before United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, and one count of conspiracy to launder money.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 8, 2008, QUINONES sold a .45 caliber pistol, .45 caliber ammunition, and 2.3 grams of heroin to an individual working with law enforcement.

Prior to December 2008, QUINONES had been convicted of felony offenses in New London Superior Court, including possession of narcotics (twice), first degree failure to appear and carrying a weapon without a permit.  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.

With respect to the money laundering charge, QUINONES admitted that he conspired to conceal the proceeds of his illegal drug sales by depositing cash into a safety deposit box opened in the name of his brother.  He also purchased a 2005 Lincoln Navigator with cash, but left the vehicle registered in the name of the previous owner.

Judge Droney has scheduled sentencing for July 9, 2010, at which time QUINONES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 50 years and a fine of up to $1.75 million.  QUINONES also has agreed to forfeit to the government approximately $47,000 in cash that has been seized, the 2005 Lincoln Navigator, and several electronic and home furnishing items that were proceeds from his criminal activity.

This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, Norwich Police Department, Groton Town Police Department, New London Police Department, Waterford Police Department, and the State of Connecticut’s Department of Correction and Office of Adult Probation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.  The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in Connecticut’s cities.  Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.