A Waterbury man pleaded guilty Monday in Hartford to narcotics distribution and firearm possession offenses, according to federal authorities.
Lenwood Gatling, 38, who has been held since his arrest, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea to one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to federal authorities. A sentencing date is not scheduled.
Federal authorities, citing court documents and statements made in court, said a DEA New Haven Task Force investigation between July and October 2020 revealed that Gatling was using a storage unit he rented on Meriden Road in Waterbury to store and distribute narcotics.
Gatling was arrested on Oct. 14, 2020 and a court-authorized search of the storage unit “revealed nine firearms, three of which were reported stolen; approximately 420 grams of fentanyl packaged in approximately 11,000 individual use bags; approximately 99 grams of heroin; approximately nine grams of cocaine; and approximately $30,000 in cash,” federal authorities said in a statement.
The Drug Enforcement Administration New Haven Task Force includes members from the U.S. Marshals Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, Connecticut State Police and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, East Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden, Derby, Middletown, Naugatuck and Waterbury police departments, according to federal authorities.