BERLIN – A local man convicted of booby-trapping his property where federal agents found hundreds of explosives and guns in 2006 pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to his probation officer.
Alan Zaleski, 56, spent 101 months in federal prison and was released on three-years probation when authorities were tipped off earlier this year that he had been renting the same property he booby-trapped while he turned in probation paperwork indicating he was living at a New Britain address.
In 2006, federal agents found dozens of semi-automatic firearms, multiple rifles and handguns, silencers, fragmentation grenades, chemical grenades, smoke grenades, homemade bombs and improvised explosive devices at 863 Shuttle Meadow Avenue where he was renting. The property was protected by booby traps, including tripwires connected to explosive devices and camouflaged plywood boards on the ground with nails protruding from them, federal authorities said.
Agents raided the same address earlier this year and took Zaleski into custody. Federal authorities did not find any bomb-making devices or guns in the cabin at the time, a spokesman for the Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Zaleski told his probation officer that he had a new address in New Britain, but federal agents found evidence that he had rented the cabin in the Shuttle Meadow area of Berlin for quite some time, court papers said.
Under the terms of his probation, he cannot possess guns, ammunition or explosives and he must notify probation officials within 10 days of moving and provide information on any property he rents.
Zaleski was released after a bond hearing. He pleaded guilty Thursday in New Haven federal court to one count of making a false statement to the U.S. Probation Office and the U.S. District Court. He could face a maximum five-year prison term when he is sentenced in September.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.