John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAYSON BRUNO, 36, of Bristol, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to gun and drug offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement identified Bruno as a significant cocaine trafficker in Bristol.  On April 17, 2019, investigators arrested Bruno after a court-authorized search of his Colony Street residence revealed a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a stolen .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, approximately 55 grams of cocaine, approximately 30 grams of crack cocaine, and items used to process and package narcotics for distribution.

Bruno’s criminal history includes multiple state felony convictions related to the possession and sale of narcotics.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Bruno pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”) and cocaine, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.  Judge Shea scheduled sentencing for February 13, 2020.

Bruno has been detained since his arrest.

This investigation has been conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force and the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force.  The DEA Task Force includes personnel from the DEA Hartford Resident Office and the Bristol, Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Windsor Locks and Willimantic Police Departments.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey M. Stone.

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