Trumbull man among those arrested in gun trafficking investigation
The Statewide Urban Violence Cooperative Crime Control Task Force announced three arrests, including the arrest of a Trumbull resident, as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal firearms trafficking in greater Bridgeport.
Among the weapons seized were an illegal Street Sweeper — a Cobray 12-gauge shotgun with collapsible stock, front pistol grip and 20-round drum — and a Romarm AK-47-type assault weapon with 30-round, high-capacity magazine. The magazine was loaded with 22 live 7.62 x 39 rounds.
“These weapons have devastating capability,” Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. said. “They posed a risk to our community and our police officers. The rounds in the seized AK-47 would rip though a police officer’s bullet-proof vest. Imagine what it would do to a group of young people standing on a corner.”
The investigation remains active and additional arrests could be announced.
So far this year, the Statewide Urban Violence Cooperative Crime Control Task Force has seized 45 firearms off of the streets in Bridgeport and its surrounding towns. The task force is comprised of Bridgeport Police, Department of Correction and State Police personnel.
“This is a small unit — four people — but it has had enormous success in reducing violence in Bridgeport,” Gaudett said. “They don’t often make headlines because so much of their work relates to preventing violence before it happens.”
The mission of the task force is to target violence, gangs and drugs in greater Bridgeport and a key component of that mission is to target gun traffickers.
As part of this investigation, police have arrested five individuals and seized nine firearms. Because the investigation is ongoing, three arrests were announced today.
In the last 10 days, the task force made multiple arrests related to the seizures of firearms in Bridgeport and Stratford, including but not limited to, the following arrests:
Sergio Paul, 21, of Grey Rock Place, Trumbull, and Nolan Moore, 28, on Yaremich Drive, Bridgeport, were arrested on Sept. 23 and 25, respectively, for the illegal sale of a Ruger .357 Magnum handgun on April 4.
Paul and Moore were both charged with criminal possession of a firearm, illegal transfer of a firearm, conspiracy to illegally sell a firearm and weapon in a motor vehicle.
Moore was additionally charged with firearms trafficking and a number of other firearms-related charges related to two additional illegal firearms sales, one of which being the Street Sweeper.
Paul has another pending criminal case related to a May 7 arrest by the Bridgeport Police Department for multiple firearms charges.
Paul and Moore are jailed at the Bridgeport Community Correctional Center on $250,000 and $200,000 bonds, respectively.
Jeremias Serrano, 33, of Mountain Grove, was arrested on Sept. 24, for the illegal sale of a Romarm AK-47 type assault weapon.
Serrano was charged with sale of an assault weapon, conspiracy to sell an assault weapon, possession of an assault weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, weapon in a motor vehicle, three counts of sale of narcotics, conspiracy to sell narcotics and sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school.
Serrano is currently being held at the Bridgeport Community Correctional Center on $150,000 bond.
Additional arrests are pending.