Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Boston Field Division, announced today that RAHSHIM CARTER, 33, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty before US District Judge Stefan R. Underhill today Bridgeport has confessed to the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to court documents and court testimony, Carter was sentenced in January 2013 in Hartford Federal Court to 18 months in prison and three years supervised release for distributing heroin in and around the Trumbull Gardens condominium complex in Bridgeport. He was released from prison in September 2013. In February 2014, Carter was arrested by Bridgeport Police after he was found in possession of a loaded .380 caliber handgun and heroin he was about to distribute. He pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and was sentenced by Hartford federal court on January 30, 2015 to 62 months in prison for the felony and for violating the terms of his supervised release.
In November 2016, while incarcerated in a federal prison in New Hampshire, Carter was found in possession of a homemade gun (“shank”) and a quantity of Suboxone, a controlled substance. He was arraigned in the District of New Hampshire, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to an additional 18 months in prison on January 22, 2018. He was released from custody in March 2020.
On April 20, 2022, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, Connecticut State Police, and the Bridgeport Police Department attempted to arrest Carter for violating his supervised release. Carter was found and arrested in an apartment in the Green Homes development in Bridgeport. At the time of his arrest, he possessed a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and quantities of heroin and crack cocaine.
Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for February 9, 2023, at which point Carter faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Carter has been incarcerated since his arrest.
This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the US Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, the Connecticut State Police, and the Bridgeport Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by US Assistant Attorney Rahul Kale.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and re-entry programs to sustainably reduce crime.