Waterbury man indicted on gun charges after undercover investigation

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A Waterbury man was charged with possession of firearms by a convicted felon after allegedly trying to trade heroin for guns last month.

The District Attorney announced Wednesday that a grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment charging 38-year-old Patrick Rogers with possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon.

Court documents allege that ATF received information that Rogers was selling heroin and interested in buying firearms. In August and September of this year, an ATF agent working undercover made two controlled purchases of heroin from Rogers. 

Rogers then allegedly agreed to provide heroin to the undercover agent in exchange for two firearms. 

Rogers was arrested on September 26th after he met the undercover agent in Waterbury and took possession of the two firearms that he traded for 160 bags of heroin.

According to the indictment, Rogers was already convicted in state court in 1998 for the sale of hallucinogen or narcotics and robbery. He was then convicted again in 2008 of violating probation and in 2016 for possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.

The possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon charge carries a maximum sentece of 10 years in prison. 

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