Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, James Ferguson, Special Agent in charge of the ATF Field Division in Boston and Hartford Police Chief Jason Thody announced today ‘hui that a federal grand jury in Bridgeport yesterday issued an indictment indicting 23-year-old LUIS MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, of Hartford, with offenses of distributing narcotics and possession of firearms.
As alleged in the indictment, on November 19, 2020, a search of Rodriguez’s residence in Hartford revealed distribution amounts of crack and fentanyl, two loaded semi-automatic handguns and $ 9,436 in cash. .
It is further alleged that Rodriguez’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for theft and burglary. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony of possessing a firearm or ammunition that has circulated in interstate or foreign commerce.
The indictment charges Rodriguez with one count of possession with intent to distribute base cocaine (âcrackâ) and fentanyl, punishable by up to 20 years in jail, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.
Acting US Attorney Boyle stressed that an indictment is not proof of guilt. The charges are only allegations, and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Rodriguez has been in state detention since November 19, 2020.
This matter is currently under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Hartford Police Department, with assistance from the Parole and Community Services Division of the Department of the Connecticut correction. The case is being pursued by Assistant US Attorney Kenneth Gresham.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and reintegration programs for sustainable crime reduction.