MAYOR AND POLICE CHIEF PRAISE WORK OF
PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS;
Hartford - Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Interim Police Chief James C. Rovella today praised the work of United States District Attorney for Connecticut David B. Fein for the successful prosecution of a major drug dealer operating out of Lawrence Street in the City of Hartford, made possible by the investigative work by the United States Department of Justice's Hartford Project Safe Neighborhoods program.
"It is imperative that those individuals involved in the illegal drug trade in Hartford know that they could be under federal investigation, that they will be caught, and they will be prosecuted and held accountable for their involvement in a crime that drives gun violence in our city," said Mayor Segarra. "I congratulate U.S. District Attorney for Connecticut Fein and members of his office, and all the members of the Hartford Project Safe Neighborhoods team for their success in removing a major drug dealer from our streets who now faces federal prison time."
Interim Police Chief James C. Rovella echoed Mayor Segarra's comments, saying "The Project Safe Neighborhoods program is and will continue to be a key piece of over overall strategy at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of our residents and those who conduct business and recreate in our city. I join Mayor Segarra in congratulating U.S. District Attorney for Connecticut Fein and all members and partners in our Project Safe Neighborhoods Program."
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HARTFORD WOMAN ADMITS DISTRIBUTING HEROIN
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TERESA TORRES, also known as “Teresa Morales,” “Theresa Cardona,” and “Bebe,” 42, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton to one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between January 2011 and January 2012, TORRES and others sold heroin from a back window of a house located at 68 Lawrence Street in Hartford, where TORRES resided.
Judge Arterton has scheduled sentencing for September 4, 2012, at which time TORRES faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.
TORRES has been detained since her arrest on January 19, 2012.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hartford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents of Connecticut’s cities. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
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