Hartford Man Sentenced for Drug Distribution and Gun Possession Offenses

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Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SHANNON DAVIS, 29, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to approximately 34 months of imprisonment, time already served, and three years of supervised release, for drug distribution and firearm possession offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2019, an investigation revealed that Davis was selling drugs from his Franklin Avenue residence.  Davis was arrested on November 25, 2019, after a court-authorized search of his residence revealed approximately 100 dose bags of fentanyl, approximately 28 grams of crack cocaine, items used to process and package narcotics for distribution, and two loaded handguns.

Davis’ criminal history includes state felony convictions for firearm possession and assault offenses.  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.

Davis has been detained since his arrest.  On March 23, 2022, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Hartford Police Department’s Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret M. Donovan and Brian P. Leaming.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.