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Mayor: 'Scary' Amount of Firearms Found in Raid on Norwalker's House [Update]

George Uzar Sr. of 24 Granite Drive had a large number of weapons in his home when a federal-state-local task force came in to arrest him, Mayor Richard A. Moccia said.

Update 4:05 p.m., Friday:

Inside George Uzar Sr.'s Granite Drive home just north of the Merritt Parkway in the Cranbury section of Norwalk, police found a large number of automatic weapons, said Mayor Richard A. Moccia, who went to the scene when Uzar was arrested.

"It's scary to see the amount of weapons that were taken there ... especially in a residential area that seemed so quiet," Moccia said on Friday. (See video accompanying this article.)

Update 12:14 p.m., Friday:

Cranbury resident George Uzar Sr. helped get machine guns and other firearms, some with serial numbers removed, to Patrick Uzar of Stamford, for sale to Latin Kings gang members and others, according to federal prosecutors.

Uzar, 47, of 24 Granite Dr., was the only Norwalk resident arrested in Thursday's roundup of a ring that sold machine guns and other firearms to Latin Kings gang members in Stamford, police and prosecutors said. Undercover agents and wiretaps were used in the investigation. The federal indictment, handed down by a grand jury, refers to alleged sales as early as last summer and as late as last month.

George Uzar Sr. is referred to in several counts of the indictment. He is accused of unlawful dealing in firearms and four counts of illegally possessing and transferring a machine gun. George Uzar and others arrested Thursday were arraigned in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport that day.

The federal indictment makes these allegations about George Uzar Sr. and others:

Patrick "Pistol" or "Pepe" Uzar would arrange to get machine guns with serial numbers removed from George Uzar Sr. (hereafter "George"), then sell them to others, dividing the proceeds with George. These illegal activities took place from January through May.

For example, the indictment states that "On or about Jan. 16 and 17, 2011," George Uzar Sr. and Patrick Uzar "discussed selling a firearm to an individual known to the grand jury. On or about Jan. 21, 2011, George Uzar Sr. transferred a 9-mm. Sten-style automatic machine gun with no serial number to Patrick Uzar, who sold the machine gun to an individual known to the grand jury for $2,200. Patrick Uzar provided George Uzar Sr. with a portion of the proceeds of the sale."

George apparently removed at least one of the serial numbers himself: "On or about Jan. 23, 2011, George Uzar Sr. advised Patrick Uzar that he had completed work on a firearm," which Patrick Uzar received the next day and later sold for $2,300.

"It was a part of the conspiracy that Patrick Uzar was in the business of selling firearms without a license," according to the indictment. "On some occasions, Uzar would advise an individual known to the grand jury that he had a firearm for sale, and would make arrangements to acquire the firearms he intended to sell to this individual from relatives and associates, including fellow members and associates of the Latin Kings."

There is no indication whatever in the indictment that George Uzar Sr. was himself a member of the Latin Kings.

Sometimes Uzar would arrange to have Kevin "Kev" Goulbourne of Stamford conduct the actual sale. The indictment also describes other associates of Patrick Uzar providing weapons that were later sold. Patrick Uzar "would arrange for distribution of the proceeds of the gun sales."

On Oct. 14, 2010, the indictment states, John "Silk" Davis and Jamar "Mar" or "Mars" Blackburn bought a Sig Sauer Mosquito 22-cal. semi-automatic pistol and a Smith & Wesson model SW9W pistol from the Forest and Field store in Norwalk. The two later sold the weapons to Patrick Uzar, who sold them "to an individual known to the grand jury" for $1,200.

Various others arrested as part of the conspiracy were accused of helping to sell cocaine or Ecstasy, a form of methamphetamine. The indictment also states that various defendants should be subject to property forfieture, although those defendants don't include George Uzar Sr., who was also not named in any of the counts involving drug sales.

Also on Thursday, Uzar's son, George Uzar Jr., was arrested on multiple drug possession and illegall weapons possession charges by Norwalk Police. The two live at the same address in Norwalk. Information on the drug possession charges was not available from Norwalk Police on Friday morning.

According to police records, George Uzar Jr. was charged with 12 different crimes including two counts of illegal manufacture, distribution or sale of prescription medications, illegal possession of drugs near a school, illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia near a school, carrying dangerous weapons and illegal sale of drugs near a school.

Also among the 12 counts was one charging him with illegal possession of less than four ounces of marijuana. All of the charges allege violations of state law, and George Uzar Jr. was scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Norwalk Friday morning. His bail was set at $100,000.

The 24 Granite Dr. address of both George Uzar Jr. and Sr. is also listed as the address of "Uzar Brothers Hardwood Floor," according to Google Maps.

Update 6:19 p.m., Thursday:

More than a hundred guns were bought from a ring of drug and firearms traffickers connected to the Stamford Chapter of the Latin Kings, said law enforcement officials, who arrested 16 area residents Thursday, including one from Norwalk.

The haul of confiscated firearms "has taken many dangerous heavy weapons out of the wrong hands,” Stamford Police Chief Robert Nivakoff said in a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Haven. Stamford police were one of seven federal, state or local law-enforcement agencies participating in the joint investigation.

"We’re proud to have been involved in this operation, which now includes the largest seizure of firearms in the history of the Stamford Police Department," Nivakoff said.

The news release also stated:

"The indictment alleges that, on multiple occasions beginning in approximately July 2010, Patrick Uzar of Stamford acquired firearms from relatives, as well as fellow members and associates of the Stamford Chapter of the Latin Kings, sold the firearms to a third party and distributed some of the sale proceeds to members of the conspiracy.  The indictment further alleges that Uzar and others also were involved in the distribution of cocaine and Ecstasy."

Undercover law enforcement agents bought several firearms, including machine guns, according to the statement. The announcement said that on Thursday "in association with the arrest of the defendants, law enforcement officers executed multiple federal search warrants and seized dozens of firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and related material."

The long-term, joint investigation involved seven federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and and Stamford police departments, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Haven announced.

Special Agent in Charge Guy F. Thomas of the Boston Field Division of the ATF, said in the news release that the arrests "will have a significant impact on reducing violence and improving the quality of life for residents of Stamford and surrounding communities.”

One Norwalk man was arrested following a raid in the city. Another 12 of the defendants are Stamford residents. Two others are in state prisons and one is from Trumbull.

A copy of the 12-page, 20-count indictment is attached to this article. A total of 13 defendants were arrested under the indictment, two others were already in prison and another man was arrested on federal criminal charges.

These individuals were named in a federal indictment and appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport:

  • Patrick "Pistol" or "Pepe" Uzar, 24, of Lafayette Street, Stamford;
  • Christian Andre "Frost" Aliaga, 29, of Cove Road, Stamford;
  • James "Mar" or "Mars" Blackburn, 24, already in state prison;
  • Alfred "Viddy" Brown, 27, already in state prison;
  • Agustin "Auggie" or "Warlord" Crespo,  34, of Spruce Street, Stamford;
  • John "Silk" Davis, 25, of Haig Avenue, Stamford;
  • Louis "Cano" Feliciano, 25, of Pepper Ridge Road, Stamford;
  • Kevin "Kev" Goulbourne, 38, of Lockwood Avenue, Stamford;
  • Analisa "Lisa" Martinez, 28, of Spruce Street, Stamford;
  • Willie "Willo" or "Flaco V" Nieves, 47, of West Broad Street, Stamford;
  • Jeffrey “J Free” or “Brother Jeff” Nunez, 27, of East Main Street, Stamford;
  • Rodolfo "Rudy" Revello, 38 of Unity Road, Trumbull;
  • Anthony Uzar Sr., 49, of Lafayette Street, Stamford;
  • George Uzar Sr., 47, of Granite Drive, Norwalk;
  • Santos "Tos" or "Inca" or "Pres" Zambrana, 24, of Montauk Dr., Stamford.
  • Anthony Uzar Jr., 28, of Frederick Street, Stamford, was not part of the indictment but was also arrested Thursday on a federal charge of possession of firearm and ammunition by a previously convicted felon.

Other law enforcement agencies involved in the joint investigation were the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bridgeport Police Department, the state Department of Correction. According to the news release, a "significant part" of the funding for the operation came from the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and the office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.

OLDTIMER May 13, 2011 at 10:26 PM
The MAYOR went to the scene of the raid by federal and local law enforcement ? Has he lost confidence in the police chief ? Has he developed a new found interest in law & order ? No wonder he felt qualified to comment, before a trial, on the guilt and/or presumption of innocense in the McDowell case. Wait till he gets called as a witness in one of these cases. Better yet, wait till he is deposed when somebody files a suit and names him as one of the arresting offficers. Does he carry a badge.....and a gun ?
Walter O'Reilly May 15, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Hey Oldtimer...your name speaks for itself! Just because the article, which are rarely accurate, said the Mayor went to the scene does not mean he took part in the arrest! What's wrong with a Mayor visiting the scene of a large investigation to show his support for the officers and agents that worked long hard hours removing dangerous felons from the street, in a residential neighborhood around the corner from a school! Nowhere did the article say the Mayor assisted or was involved in the case. Wake up Oldtimer! This was the result of great police work by several area departments and the Federal Government to put away a dangerous criminal selling MACHINE GUNS to Latin King gang members! Leave your political banter out of it!!
OLDTIMER May 15, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Sounds like I may have hit a nerve. In this day of cell phone cameras and people eager to file lawsuits, everybody who was there in a car with a police radio and easy to spot plates is presumed to be part of the arrest team or, at least, a deposable witness. Agreed, it was great police work by a number of agencies and their leaders should be there, but the mayor had no more business there than Obama had with seal team #6 at Bin Laden's house.
Walter O'Reilly May 15, 2011 at 03:07 PM
You're way off base Oldtimer! No nerve struck here, just don't see how it's a problem with the Mayor stopping by the scene. It was already secured, and all they were doing was logging tons of evidence. The arrest was over quick and early, and unlike Seal Team Six in Pakistan, Granite Drive was not too hostile after the suspect was arrested and the police did not have to be air lifted out before the natives attacked. And you're telling me that every motorist and citizen that drives or walks past a police scene is a witness, and their plates are tracked and they are called to court as witnesses and participants! Wow! Better not leave your homes!
OLDTIMER May 16, 2011 at 03:20 AM
OK Walter, I bow to your superior knowlege of how it all works. There is no chance of the Mayor's presence ever being a problem for the real law-enforcement people on the scene, nor later, for city attorneys dealing with lawsuits naming the mayor as being there in some undefined capacity and therefore responsible for any and all mistakes that may be later claimed to have occurred. And I am probably mistaken about wether the president should have gone on the visit to Bin Laden's house, as you and the mayor know better what is good protocol in these matters. I still think I hit a nerve and Walter is just a pen name for one of the mayor's apologists...
Harry W. Rilling May 17, 2011 at 10:13 PM
The Mayor went to the scene at MY invitation and yes, Walter, you are right. I wanted him to see the fruits of many, many hours of exceptional police work. There was no evidence to contaminate and the Mayor's presence was appreciated by the ATF, FBI, Norwalk, and Stamford officers. The scene was secured and the two persons who were arrested were already transported from the premises. It seems that Old Timer (who loves to hide behind an anonymous name) has no clue about police work and criminal justice procedure. Chief Harry W. Rilling
OLDTIMER May 18, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Not a clue, but I know who the folks are that leap to his defense the minute anybody says anything critical about our mayor, all appointees, and not a woman in the bunch.
Harry W. Rilling May 18, 2011 at 01:49 AM
I have no idea what your last post means. I simply stated a fact. I have brought Mayors Collins, Esposito, Knopp and Moccia to various crime scenes to view something that is unique and unusual. As Mayor of the city, all of them were brought on a "Need to know" basis. I will continue to do that when the circumstances warrant. You shoulde recognize the right of the Mayor of the community to be involved and aware of what is going on at all times. Guilliani, Bloomberg and others are always at various crime scenes in order to be "in the loop". I just wish you would have the courage to identify yourself and take ownership of your comments without hiding behind a pseudonym. I have no problem signing my name to anything I find worthy of writing. You may wish to do the same. This is not about coming to anyone's defense. It is about what is right and putting it out in the public arena so everyone has a clear picture of the truth. Chief Harry W. Rilling
OLDTIMER May 18, 2011 at 02:00 PM
"I have no idea what your last post means" ? Read it again, Harry. The Mayor makes public comment on the McDowell arrest with predjudicial information he could only have gotten from you, and his appointees leap to defend him from criticism. Then he tells the press that he was there on Granite Dr., making it sound like he took part in the raid. I suggest that was not a good idea, and you leap to his defense. You and the mayor should meet with the City's lawyers and get their opinion on the wisdom of the chief executive going to "crime scenes" involving gangs and machine guns. Bloomberg and Guliani were always thoroughly briefed before they went on news interviews, and it sounded like they had been on scene, but that was generally an illusion. There is a difference between keeping a chief executive in the loop and taking him along on raids. If the weapons recovered during that raid were worth showing the mayor, it would be a good idea to set up a display, after everything is logged in and tagged, and let the mayor show off the display to the press at a secure location.
Granite Drive May 18, 2011 at 07:05 PM
I just can’t believe my eyes when I read the silliness here by the likes of “Old-Timer”. The bigger picture here should be why was the Cop and Feds there to bust the scum like Uzar. He is supplying guns to the gangs and streets which is attributed to the violence in this city – he’s got “blood on his hands”. I commend the Mayor and Chief Rilling for the getting this filth off the street. Lock em up and throw away the key on the entire Uzar family!!
Harry W. Rilling May 18, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Finally!!!! Voices of reason.
OLDTIMER May 18, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Harry It's OK for people that agree to use a pseudonym, but others should not hide behind them ? Now I understand. Nobody is arguing that the real story here is a cooperative effort by several agencies got a lot of bad weapons off the street and a major supplier incarcerated. We all celebrate the excellent results and breath a sigh of relief there was no violent resistence at the house. Let us know, after you and the mayor have consulted with City lawyers, what advice they give about taking the mayor to crime scenes.
Jabster May 18, 2011 at 11:55 PM
I am very proud of the excellent police work of Chief Rilling and his force -- and also glad that Mayor Moccia is actively involved as well. Thats what a strong leader does. Keep up the good work Chief Rilling and Mayor Moccia - the citizens of Norwalk appreciate all that you do everyday!
Harry W. Rilling May 19, 2011 at 01:31 PM
You obviously have no understanding of crime scene procedures and what is allowable and what is not. You also have no understanding of who is called to testify and who is not. Moreover, this visit was approved by the Federal Agencies PRIOR to our arrival. End of discussion.
OLDTIMER May 19, 2011 at 02:30 PM
We are all proud of excellent police work. It is too bad that Harry didn't talk to the City Lawyer, a former state policeman, and share with us his opinion on the wisdom of the mayor going to crime scenes and then telling the press. It seems he is more focused on surfing the internet on city time and telling me how little I know. I should not be surprized, it is an election year and the mayor has developed a new-found interest in police work, similar to his support of the fire dept union when he first beat Knopp by 167 votes. Our police generally do a good job, but could do a lot better with more resources. It all comes down to money. How much are we willing to spend for better results ? With more people, the dept could focus more on being proactive about preventing crime and taking back certain neighborhoods from the gangs. Everybody would benefit. The federal agencies can be a big help, but there is no substitute for local knowledge. Many cities have discovered Federal courts will take gun related cases developed by local police and put offendors away for much longer than state courts.
OLDTIMER May 20, 2011 at 12:31 AM
No, Norwalk Native, I wasn't thinking of you when I talked about "who the folks are that leap to his defense the minute anybody says anything critical about our mayor, all appointees, and not a woman in the bunch." I don't know you, and I don't think of you as one of those, way too quick to defend the mayor. The folks I was talking about know exactly who they are and they find themselves defending him more and more as the election season progresses and he can't resist an interview, even when he has nothing positive to say.. What you define as excessive quibbling started out as one comment and the responses led to more. I agree with you, in this case, I should have ignored the responses. I will try to do better.
Katie November 16, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Your comment disgusts me. How dare you condemn an entire family. People should not presume things, with no intell into what was 'really' going on behind the scenes. Obviously these are extreme charges, but you may be suprised to find how accurate these articles 'truely' are, and the quality of the individuals involved, whom you are trashing. "let the one without sin cast the first stone." As for being disturbed with what happened thats completely understandable, but "the entire uzar family" thats just bitter and cruel, you should really do some soul searching.
CDR West November 23, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Be warned before we start, that I believe neither the mayor nor the chief is the right man for the position he currently holds, period. Nonetheless, the Mayor is, ex officio, one of the three members of the Norwalk police commission and, Mayoral duties aside, should ROUTINELY mount field visits in order to discharge his COMMISSIONER's responsibilities. As a police commissioner, he carries (or CAN carry) a badge and has (or CAN have) arrest powers. The supposition that some dopey tort/criminal lawyer could/would/should attempt to challenge that is just silly. Judges FRY stupid lawyers for such stunts. Similarly, the chief of police is absolutely right when he observes that civilians are ignorant of police tradecraft. But the chief has, in all his years in the city, done NOTHING to create a greater citizen awareness or sensitivity to the needs and practices of NPD. Most of what Norwalk sees of their cops is doughnut-eating pothole repair supervisors earning the big overtime bucks while demonstrating their boredom and utter ignorance of proper traffic control procedures. When the eleven (yes, 11) ACTIVE patrol cars we can muster on a good day actually participate in a bust it's a BIG surprise to Norwalk because, Chief: WHO KNEW we have competent cops? How about more REAL cops on the street. DOJ has C.O.P.S. money for neighborhood policing. How about stopping your cant and getting the grants? Maybe an UNsurprised public would be refreshing.

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