West Haven Man Charged with Narcotics and Ammunition Offenses

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment charging CHAZ REDDICK, 38, of West Haven, with narcotics and ammunition offenses.

The indictment was returned on August 3 and Reddick appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert A. Richardson in Hartford and entered a plea of not guilty.  He has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on April 20, 2021.

As alleged in statements made in court, on April 20, 2021, Reddick was arrested by West Haven Police after a court-authorized search of his apartment revealed a distribution quantity of crack cocaine and multiple rounds of ammunition.

It is alleged that Reddick’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for firearm, drug and larceny offenses.  It is a violation of federal law for someone previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

The indictment charges Reddick with one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), which carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years, and one count of possession of ammunition by a felon, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

Acting 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Haven Safe Streets/Gang Task Force and the West Haven Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Conor M. Reardon.

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