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Date: 11-22-2020

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United States of America v. Luis Ciuro

Case Number: 3:20-mj-00926-RAR

Judge: Kari A. Dooley

Court: United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (New Haven County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, New Haven, Connecticut

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Description: New Haven, Connecticut criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with drug possession.

Luis Ciuro, age 36, of East Hartford, charged with possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 15, 2019, Manchester Police received a call reporting that a woman was yelling and displaying a gun outside of an apartment building on John Olds Drive in Manchester. Law enforcement had previously received information that an individual was operating a fentanyl mill in an apartment within the same building.

Responding officers conducted surveillance of the building and saw Ciuro exit the building and place a black bag into the trunk of a car. After Ciuro and another individual entered the car and it drove away, officers conducted a traffic stop. An officer opened the trunk of car and retrieved the bag that Ciuro had carried from the building. The bag contained one shoebox that contained approximately $70,000 in cash, and a second shoebox that contained two loaded handguns, both of which had been reported stolen. After Ciuro admitted to law enforcement that used an apartment on John Olds Drive to store and process narcotics, a search of the apartment revealed approximately 687 grams of fentanyl, .69 grams of PCP, four grams of psilocybin mushrooms, and various drug-packaging materials.

Ciuro’s criminal history includes a federal conviction for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. On January 4, 2008, he was sentenced in New Haven federal court to 84 months of imprisonment for that offense.

Judge Dooley scheduled sentencing for February 12, 2021, at which time Ciuro faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

The penalties in this case are enhanced based on Ciuro’s criminal history.

Ciuro is detained pending sentencing.

This investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force and the Manchester Police Department. The Task Force includes personnel from the DEA Hartford Resident Office and the Bristol, Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Windsor Locks and Willimantic Police Departments.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel J. Gentile.

18:922G.F(1) and 924(a)(2) Unlawful transport of firearms, etc; Unlawful Possession of Firearms by a Felon

Outcome: 11/19/2020 22 NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR as to Luis Ciuro: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE.

Waiver and Plea Hearing set for 11/20/2020 03:00 PM before Judge Kari A. Dooley. Zoom Instructions to be docketed separately. (Gould, K.) (Entered: 11/19/2020)
11/19/2020

NOTICE regarding hearing via Zoom as to Luis Ciuro: The Waiver and Plea scheduled for 11/20/2020 at 3:00pm will be conducted via Zoom. The video link is https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1616015688?pwd=NlZvYXpTbkl6TFl6TW9zQXZhUDhHUT09 and call in number is +1 646 828 7666 US (New York.

Meeting ID: 161 601 5688

Meeting Password: 357351
Please note: Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, screenshots, streaming, and rebroadcasting in any form, of court proceedings. The Judicial Conference of the United States, which governs the practices of the federal courts, has prohibited it. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the court. (Gould, K.) (Entered: 11/19/2020)

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