Alien Residing in Stratford Gets 15 Months for Guns

Brazilian citizen sentenced today for intending to smuggle weapons.

The following is a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Edson Silva Magalhaes, 43, a citizen of Brazil last residing in Stratford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 15 months of imprisonment for illegally possessing firearms.        

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 5, 2012, Silva Magalhaes and another individual entered a firearms store in Monroe seeking to purchase high-capacity pistol magazines, handgun ammunition, shotgun shells, night-vision equipment and body armor.

Magalhaes revealed that he intended to smuggle weapons and other equipment from the United States into Brazil, where he claimed family members had been attached.

A store employee told Magalhaes that the business did not carry several of the requested items, and that high-capacity magazines would need to be fitted to a specific pistol make and model.

The employee sold some ammunition to Magalhaes and the other individuals, and arranged for further communications with them regarding the high-capacity magazines. Shortly thereafter, the employee contacted law enforcement.        

On March 21, 2012, Magalhaes was arrested after he attempted to purchase a 12-gauge shotgun and two 9mm pistols from an undercover law enforcement officer in exchange for $1,400.

Magalhaes has been detained since his arrest. On May 7, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.

Magalhaes will be subject to deportation proceedings following his release from federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the . The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Vizcarrondo.

Jim Ravis August 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM
So funny. He is going to get deported after the tax payers foot the bill for his "room" and food for 15 months. Save us some money and deport him now!
Robert Chambers August 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM
He should just have reached out to Eric Holder, he'd have sold them anything they needed. Wonder why he set up shop in CT though? not like it's easy to get stuff here at all.
Dale August 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Thomas Dewey August 19, 2012 at 05:45 PM
That is exactly why he set up shop here. Remember to hug a progressive and thank them for the mess that they have made of this place. Just like in Spain during the Revolution there: flood the streets with dirt-bags to scare the public and then explain to them that they have to give up their rights in order to be safe again.
Craig Zac August 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Alien? Was it smuggeling Death Rays? I bet it used a transporter beam to get the guns from here to Brazil. Darn Aliens, Think they can just land here and take over with their big creepy eyes and green skin and probes... why dont they all go away!


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