New Haven man pleads guilty to arms trafficking charges related to arms trafficking | USAO-CT

Leonard C. Boyle, acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and James Ferguson, Acting Special Agent, ATF Boston Field Division, announced today that QUINN MOORING, 40, of New Haven, spoke yesterday via videoconference before the U.S. District Judge Stefan found R. Underhill guilty to the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to court documents and court testimony, in March 2021, ATF Task Force officials learned that Mooring received firearms from a South Carolina source and sold them in Connecticut. On April 19, 2021, investigators controllably purchased a Glock 9mm pistol and drum magazine from Mooring and a co-conspirator in New Haven in exchange for $1,500. The firearm was one of five 9mm handguns purchased by an individual at a pawn shop in Port Royal, South Carolina in Connecticut the month prior to the transaction.

On April 22, 2021, investigators made a controlled purchase of 9mm ammunition from Mooring in New Haven.

Mooring’s criminal history includes state convictions for robbery, wrongful restraint, and felony no-shows. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony to possess a firearm or ammunition that has been moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Mooring was arrested on June 14, 2021 on a federal criminal complaint.

The offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. Mooring is being released on $50,000 bail pending sentencing, which is not planned.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the West Haven Police Department, and the New Haven Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Konstantin Lantsman.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and re-entry programs to sustainably reduce crime.

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