By Arlene Dixon –
Noel Perez, 25, of Hartford, CT. was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 18 months of imprisonment.
On May 29, 2018, Hartford Police stopped a vehicle Perez was driving on Wadsworth Street. While searching the vehicle Hartford Police recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun, which had a laser sight attached to its barrel.
On December 4, 2018, Perez, whose criminal history includes felony convictions for assault, burglary and larceny offenses, pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of a firearm by a felon.
On November 20, 2019, while he was released on bond and awaiting sentencing, Perez was arrested by Hartford Police after he was found in possession of heroin and nearly $900 in cash. In addition, a gun was discovered in the driveway where he and two associates stood before they ran from police.
On July 20, 2020, Judge Meyer sentenced Perez to 24 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release. Perez was released from federal prison on December 31, 2020, and began his term of supervised release.
On April 28, 2021, Hartford Police officers observed Perez driving a car and, with two associates, engaging in drug transactions from the car. After officers attempted to stop Perez’s vehicle, Perez put the car in reverse and then ran from the car and was apprehended after he attempted to jump over a fence. A search of the vehicle revealed narcotics and two loaded “ghost” guns.
Perez has been detained since his arrest. On April 28, 2022, he pleaded guilty in state court to firearm possession and narcotics distribution offenses and was sentenced to 34 months of imprisonment. Judge Meyer ordered the 18-month federal sentence to run consecutively to the state sentence.
Following his release from federal prison, Perez will be on supervised release for an additional 18 months, the first three months of which he must serve in a halfway house.