New Milford man indicted on federal gun charges

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A New Milford man was indicted on federal gun charges after a gun he is accused of selling was used in a killing, federal authorities said.

Nikos Chelioudakis, 34, who was detained in early March, was indicted Friday by a grand jury in Bridgeport on charges including unlawful sale or transfer of a firearm to a prohibited person, according to federal authorities.

The indictment accuses Chelioudakis, an apparent drug user, of selling a .22-caliber Walther Model P22 handgun to an individual, who he knew was also a drug user.

Shortly after Chelioudakis sold the gun, it is believed that the buyer used it in a killing, according to authorities. Officials did not say where the homicide took place.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said it is against federal law to possess a firearm as an illegal drug user, and also against the law to sell a gun knowing the buyer is an illegal drug user.

Chelioudakis was also charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, officials said.

The prosecution is part of a federal initiative known as Project Safe Neighborhoods, aimed at stemming violent crime. The indictment follows an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Danbury police, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

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