Man gets 4 years in prison on drug, firearm charges – Waterbury Republican American

WATERBURY — A suspected gang member ensnared during a 2012 joint federal and Naugatuck police investigation into gun trafficking was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.

In addition to pleading guilty to possessing a firearm, Radames Ortiz, 22, also admitted to possessing drugs and assaulting a police officer.

Naugatuck police charged him last year with trafficking a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit after they say he sold a revolver during an exchange recorded on a surveillance camera.

Borough police had worked with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as they targeted Ortiz during the operation.

Waterbury police also suspected he was intending to deal crack cocaine in the Willow/Plaza neighborhood last year.

Ortiz, a tattooed man with a long corn rows that descended down his back, didn’t comment during a brief hearing in Waterbury Superior Court. He’s expected to serve four years of special parole when he’s released.

 

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