NEWINGTON - A Stratford man was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on charges connected to the purchase of guns from a Newington store as well as drug charges.
Tymon Peterson, 28, pleaded not guilty in New Haven Superior Court to charges of conspiracy, making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, and four counts of using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking felony.
The charges carry a combined maximum of 31 years in prison.
Peterson and another person, who is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm, texted one another about buying firearms in August and September 2017, the indictment and court documents allege.
On Sept. 22, Peterson and that person went to Hoffman’s Gun Center in Newington, according to the indictment. The other person then provided Peterson with cash to buy two guns on his behalf.
On that date, Peterson filled out an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm Form 4473 on which he is accused of falsely representing himself as buying the guns for himself rather than for someone else.
The two returned to Hoffman’s Gun Center on Sept. 23 and tried to buy another gun, the indictment continues. Because the clerk was concerned that the sale to Peterson might be illegal, he declined to sell it to him. The gun shop contacted ATF the next day.
Peterson is also accused of using his cell phone in March and May 2017 to communicate on the distribution of cocaine, fentanyl and ketamine.
Peterson was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on Jan. 1 and released on $100,000 bond.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the help of the Connecticut State Police and the Newington Police Department.
U.S. attorney Anthony E. Kaplan is prosecuting the case.
U.S. Attorney John Durham stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.