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Connecticut man indicted for buying body armor after conviction for crime of violence

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - David B. Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned an indictment charging Waheed Islam, also known as "Walter Missouri, Jr.," 43, of Seaman Circle, Manchester, Conn., with one count of possession of body armor by a violent felon. The indictment was returned on Dec. 14. This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and other federal law enforcement agencies.

The indictment alleges that, on Dec. 6, 2010, Waheed Islam possessed a bullet proof vest. The indictment further alleges that Islam has previously been convicted of two violent felonies in Connecticut state court, namely, first degree assault, on Sept. 7, 1999, and first degree robbery, on Mar. 12, 1985.

It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a violent felony to possess a bullet proof vest.

If convicted of the charge, Islam faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and a fine of up to $250,000. Islam has been detained since his arrest on Dec. 6, 2010.

This matter is being investigated by ICE HSI, FBI, Customs and Border Protection, Connecticut State Police, Manchester Police Department and the State of Connecticut Office of Adult Probation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen B. Reynolds and Henry K. Kopel.