Waterbury Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Distribution and Firearm Possession Offenses

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Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LENWOOD GATLING, 39, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 108 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for narcotics distribution and firearm possession offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between July and October 2020, a DEA New Haven Task Force investigation revealed that Gatling was using a storage unit he rented at a facility located on Meriden Road in Waterbury to store and distribute narcotics.  Gatling was arrested on October 14, 2020.  On that date, a court-authorized search of the storage unit revealed nine firearms, three of which were reported stolen; approximately 420 grams of fentanyl packaged in approximately 11,000 individual use bags; approximately 99 grams of heroin; approximately nine grams of cocaine; and approximately $30,000 in cash.

Gatling’s criminal history includes multiple felony 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.

Gatling has been detained since his arrest.  On May 2, 2022, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The Drug Enforcement Administration New Haven Task Force includes participants from the U.S. Marshals Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, Connecticut State Police and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, East Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden, Derby, Middletown, Naugatuck and Waterbury Police Departments.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia Stolfi Collins and Neeraj N. Patel.