BRISTOL - A city man was arrested Friday by federal officials on gun and drug charges, which include a shooting on Davis Drive and the allegation that police found guns during a raid at his home.
Neville Walters, 32, of Prospect Street, faces charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon - which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison - and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances - which carries a maximum term of 20 years.
According to officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bristol police received reports of gunshots being fired in the area of Davis Drive in the early morning hours on April 4. Security footage from a nearby home revealed that the shots were fired from a light-colored Cadillac as it approached the intersection of Davis Drive and Jerome Avenue.
No injuries were reported.
Federal officials said seven .40 caliber shell casings were recovered from the scene. Later that morning, officers responded to a report of a disturbance at Walters’ residence on Prospect Street and saw a beige Cadillac, which appeared to match the description of the car that was involved in the shooting. Walters left the residence before officers could question him.
The same day, during the evening hours, Farmington Police were called to a gas station in their town on a report of a burning vehicle. Responding officers stopped Walters and an associate as they walked away from the gas station. Walters was arrested on state charges after officers recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun and a small amount of marijuana on the ground nearby.
Following that arrest, while out on bond, Walters posted multiple images of him in possession of firearms on his Instagram page. On May 12, Bristol Police executed a state search warrant at Walters’ home and seized two handguns, a high-capacity magazine, marijuana, items commonly used to package drugs for street sale and other items. Investigators also seized $2,827 from Walters, who was arrested on state charges and again released on bond.
Two days later, federal officials said, authorities received a report that Walters brandished a firearm during an argument outside of his residence. His criminal history includes multiple convictions for felony offenses, according to federal officials.
Walters was arraigned Friday via video conference. He was ordered detained pending a hearing Tuesday.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.