Bridgeport Man Charged with Gun Trafficking Offenses

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Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Boston Field Division, announced that BRANNON WINSTON, 22, of Bridgeport, was arrested today on firearm trafficking charges.

Following his arrest, Winston appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Dave Vatti in Bridgeport and was released on a $100,000 bond.

As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, Winston purchased firearms in Georgia, where he resided at times, and provided them to customers in Connecticut.  Winston personally purchased at least 18 firearms in Georgia, and he had others purchase additional firearms on his behalf.  The investigation, which included gun recoveries after shooting incidents in Bridgeport, revealed that some of the firearms were provided to members of the East End and PT Barnum gangs in Bridgeport. 

On March 16, 2022, a federal grand jury in Bridgeport returned an indictment charging Winston with one count of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, and one count crossing state lines with the intent to engage unlicensed dealing of firearms, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

U.S. Attorney Boyle stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Bridgeport Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.

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