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New York Man Arrested In Stamford Pleads Guilty To Federal Gun Charge

A NewYork man arrested in Stamford pleaded guilty to a gun charge on Thursday.
A NewYork man arrested in Stamford pleaded guilty to a gun charge on Thursday. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 43-year-old Port Chester, N.Y., resident arrested in Stamford pleaded guilty Thursday before a U.S. District judge in Hartford to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, authorities said.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Stamford police executed a court-authorized search of a local hotel room where the defendant, identified as Juan Ouinones, was staying on Sept. 24, 2015.

Police found a loaded Glock .45 caliber pistol and distribution quantities of heroin and crack cocaine at the scene, leading to Quinones' arrest, according to officials.

Quinones was previously convicted of felony drug offenses, prosecutors said.

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.

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea Judge Shea scheduled sentencing for Dec. 6, at which time Quinones faces a maximum prison term of 10 years.

The matter has been investigated by the Stamford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

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