Feds: Hartford man pleads guilty to gun, drug charges

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HARTFORD — A man previously convicted on state gun and drug offenses now faces federal charges after authorities found several guns in his city residence during a search in April 2019, according to federal prosecutors.

Gladstone Benjamin Jr., 29, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Kari A. Dooley via video conference because of the ongoing pandemic.

Benjamin pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana, which carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

He was released on a $75,000 bond pending sentencing, which Dooley scheduled for May 3.

In April 2019, Hartford police made two controlled purchases of marijuana from Benjamin at his Collins Street home.

On April 23, 2019, investigators served a search warrant at Benjamin’s home and found a loaded 9mm handgun with an extended clip, two loaded .45-caliber handguns, a loaded semi-automatic handgun without a make, model or serial number stamp, a 12-gauge shotgun with an unreadable serial number and more than 1,000 rounds of loose and boxed ammunition, according to authorities.

Officials said investigators also found distribution quantities of heroin and marijuana.

Benjamin’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for gun and drug offenses.

Connecticut Media Group