Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRANDEN HUERTAS, 39, last residing in Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to narcotics distribution and firearm possession offenses.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in January 2020, law enforcement made two controlled purchases of cocaine from Huertas. Huertas was arrested on February 26, 2020, after a search of his vehicle revealed quantities of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy, and a subsequent search of his residence revealed additional quantities of crack and heroin, items used to process and package narcotics for street sale, a loaded 9mm Taurus PT-92C semi-automatic handgun, and additional rounds of ammunition.
Huertas has a criminal history that dates to 1998 and includes state convictions for drug, weapon, robbery, burglary and larceny offenses, and federal convictions in 2015 for possession of firearm by a felon, and in 2019 for escape from custody.
Huertas was on federal supervised release at the time of his arrest.
Huertas pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, and one count of possession a firearm by a felon, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. Huertas also faces additional penalties for violating the conditions of his supervised release.
Judge Arterton scheduled sentencing for July 19, 2021. Huertas has been detained since his arrest.
This matter has been investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and Connecticut State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Clark.