Firearms conviction sentences East Haven Man to 5 years in prison: Feds

EAST HAVEN, Connecticut — A 20-year-old East Haven man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney said.

Luis Salaman will serve 60 months, followed by five years of supervised release, according to US Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery.

According to Avery, court documents and court testimony, on September 22, 2020, New Haven police officers arrested Salaman on an outstanding state warrant after he entered a store on the corner of Ferry Street and Sanford Street in New Haven.

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At the time of his arrest, Salaman was in possession of a loaded .45 caliber 1911 Sig Sauer firearm with a defaced serial number, as well as heroin and marijuana that he intended to distribute, Avery said.

The investigation also found that Salaman had provided marijuana to an individual in exchange for two handguns in the summer of 2020, prosecutors found.

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Salaman has been in custody since his federal arrest on October 2, 2020. He pleaded guilty on July 14, 2022.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Haven Police Department. The case was being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Konstantin Lantsman and Natasha Freimuth.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. 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 issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and re-entry programs to sustainably reduce crime.

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