SEP 15 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven returned an indictment today charging LEROY PRESSLEY, 22, of Norwalk, with one count possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (”crack cocaine”).
The indictment alleges that, on August 18, 2010, PRESSLEY possessed a .38 caliber revolver and a quantity of crack cocaine that he intended to distribute.
The indictment further alleges that, prior to that date, PRESSLEY had been convicted in Connecticut Superior Court of sale of narcotics and second degree assault, both felony offenses. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
PRESSLEY was arrested by the Norwalk Police Department on August 18, 2010. He has been detained in federal custody since his arrest by the Drug Enforcement Administration on September 9, 2010.
If convicted, PRESSLEY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the firearm charge, and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million on the narcotics charge.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the Norwalk Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative in Norwalk. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Spector.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, 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.