HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) – Some drug dealers are more open than others and for one Hartford man allegedly linked to the Latin Kings, posing with a stolen handgun and talking about his cultivation of marijuana on his Facebook page may not have been a big deal.
Armando Gonzalez, 29, plead guilty Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon. This comes months after police found a stolen .40 caliber Glock handgun, 859 bags of heroin, and 14 marijuana plants growing in a homemade greenhouse in the man’s home, according to the criminal affidavit for the case. Gonzalez faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.
Information from a confidential informant led Hartford police to Gonzalez’s apartment in June where, according to Drug Enforcement Administration agent James Campbell, authorities had to crash through the front door to find bags of heroin littered across the floor as Gonzalez and another man were hunched over an overflowing toilet.
“The toilet was broken in an attempt to save possible evidence,” Campbell wrote in the affidavit. “At the base of the toilet, I observed several bags of a powdery substance, which, based on my training and experience, I suspected to be heroin.”
In addition to finding the heroin bags labeled “Get Right” with a picture of a syringe, police discovered the 14 marijuana plants in the homemade greenhouse in Gonzalez’s attic and seized shotgun shells and both .32 caliber and .357 caliber ammunition. But it was the discovery of the stolen black Glock .40 caliber handgun hidden under a staircase by the kitchen that served as the ultimate kicker, being the basis of the confidential informant’s tip.
Gonzalez didn’t avoid that he was a drug dealer, pointing authorities to his Facebook page. When police looked at the page, they saw that Gonzalez not only discussed the cultivation of his marijuana supply, but also posed for a photo with the black handgun tucked into his waistband, according to the affidavit.
During the course of the seizure, authorities warned Gonzalez against any kind of self-incriminating comments. But that advice went by the wayside.
According to the affidavit, Gonzalez told authorities that “everything upstairs is mine, I know you know I have weed” and “there are no guns here, but if you find one, it’s mine.”
Campbell described in the affidavit how police found an iPod featuring pictures and videos of Gonzalez posing with firearms, one of them being the .40 caliber in question.
“I’ve been doing the right thing,” he said in the affidavit. “I have been making music … I’ve been doing well, I haven’t shot at anyone in a while.”
He added: “I wish you guys knew what good I was going to do with all that … yeah I sell drugs, but I was gonna do good with it.”
Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 30. His previous convictions included criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree larceny.