MILFORD, CT – Two men have been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on firearms charges in connection with a murder conspiracy, according to the Connecticut District Attorney’s Office. One of the men was found in a hotel room in Milford which contained several firearms.
The investigation began April 2, 2018, after Bridgeport police attempted to stop a car with its headlights turned off early in the morning, according to the Connecticut District Attorney’s Office.
The occupiers threw two loaded handguns and marijuana while being prosecuted, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The car was stopped several blocks away and driver Luis Mercado, 55, of Bridgeport and another person were arrested. Officers also found a black ski mask, binoculars and a gas canister in the vehicle.
Further investigation revealed a plot to murder a person and burn down the Wood Avenue Body Shop in Bridgeport where the person worked, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Police arrested three other people, including Luis Mejias, 35, of Waterbury at a hotel in Milford later that day. Officers found a rifle, revolver, AR-15 rifle, 12 gauge shotgun, ammunition, brass knuckles and other items in the hotel room. Heroin, ecstasy pills, marijuana and a digital scale were also found in the hotel room.
Mejias and Mercado pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and were sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of probation.
Three other defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.