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Trumbull Man Charged in Gun Sale Bust

Sergio Paul (Credit: Bridgeport Police)
Sergio Paul (Credit: Bridgeport Police)
A Trumbull man faces weapons charges from a gun sweep in Bridgeport.

Sergio Paul, 21, of Gray Rock Road, was arrested Sept. 23 on charges of criminal possession of a firearm, illegal transfer of a pistol or a revolver, conspiracy to illegally transfer a pistol or a revolver and illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, according to the state's Judicial Branch Website, jud.state.ct.us.

The Statewide Urban Violence Cooperative Crime Control Task Force announced the three arrests Tuesday in Bridgeport. The task force is made up of Bridgeport Police, Department of Correction and State Police personnel.

The Times reported that 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.

“These weapons have devastating capability,” Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. said, according to the paper. “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, Gaudett said.

Paul is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond for an Oct. 18 appearance in Bridgeport Superior Court. He also has other weapons charges stemming from a previous arrest.

Two Bridgeport men were also arrested in the sweep.
Jason Silver October 02, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Good. Lock up the criminals! Leave the law abiding gun owners alone. Hear that Hartford? Malloy? Sandy Hook?

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