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Boston Man Charged with Illegal Gun Trafficking

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BOSTON – A Boston man was indicted today in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with his role in a scheme to illegally transport firearms into Massachusetts.

 

Shayne Parker, 41, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition and one count of unlawful transportation of firearms in Massachusetts.  In March 2015, Parker was arrested and charged in a criminal complaint.  Parker has several felony convictions, including for violence and drug trafficking crimes.

Career Offender Sentenced to More than 12 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Crack Cocaine

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Richard Palmisano, 41, formerly of Central Falls, a career offender with a criminal history dating back more than twenty years, including convictions on drug trafficking, firearms and assault charges, was sentenced today to 150 months in federal prison for trafficking more than 90 grams of crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of ATF; and Central Falls Police Chief Colonel James J. Mendonca.

Providence Landlord Pleads Guilty to Arson Related Charge in Arson-for-Profit Scheme

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rony Metellus, 52, of Providence, pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence on Monday to setting fire on July 23, 2014, to an occupied three family tenement building he owned in an effort to benefit by the collection of insurance payments, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of ATF.

Two Plead Guilty To Drug Conspiracy in Laconia

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 CONCORD – Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith announced today that Roger Perkins, 31, of Methuen, Massachusetts and Windyann Plunkett, 32, of Laconia, New Hampshire pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”) and quantities of cocaine. Perkins was additionally charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Perkins and Plunkett appeared before United States District Court Judge Landya B.

Southbridge Man Convicted of Being a Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

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BOSTON - A Southbridge man was convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition yesterday in United States District Court in Worcester.

Mark McForbes, aka “S-Dot,” 33, was convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition after an eight-day jury trial. McForbes is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 14, 2015.

Waterbury Man Involved in Armed Robbery of Undercover ATF Agent Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that CALRISSIAN SMITH, also known as “Cali,” 33, of Waterbury, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role in the armed robbery of an undercover ATF special agent.

Massachusetts Man Charged with Being a Felon in Possession of Firearms

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BOSTON – An Adams man has been arrested and charged in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of ISIL.  A criminal complaint, charging Alexander Ciccolo, a/k/a Ali Al Amriki, 23, with being a felon in possession of firearms was unsealed today.  Additional information regarding Ciccolo’s plans was filed this morning in advance of a detention hearing to be held tomorrow afternoon in Springfield.

Waterbury Man Who Robbed Undercover ATF Agent Sentenced to 7 Years in Federal Prison

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KEVIN RODRIGUEZ, also known as “Orlando,” 21, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for robbing an undercover ATF special agent at gunpoint. 

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Role in Drug Robbery Scheme

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        Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HUMBERTO SOTO, 27, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in Bridgeport to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for planning to conduct an armed robbery of narcotics stash house.

 

Burlington Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison for Drug Dealing and Possession of Firearms

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on May 18, 2015, Daniel Ayala, 24, of Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison after his guilty plea to charges that he conspired to distribute heroin, cocaine base, and marijuana, and conspired to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. U.S. District Court Judge William K. Sessions III also ordered that Ayala serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.

Deirdre Hey of Winooski Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances and Maintaining a Residence for the Distribution of Controlled Substances

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Deirdre Hey, 48, of Winooski, Vermont was sentenced today for conspiracy to distribute heroin and crack cocaine, and maintenance of a residence for the distribution of controlled substances. Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Hey to 33 months’ imprisonment to be followed by a three year term of supervised release.

New Haven Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAQUAN PRICE, 24, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 27, 2014, PRICE was arrested on state drug charges.  A subsequent search of PRICE’s residence revealed a Jimenez Arms, 9mm pistol, loaded with 8 rounds of ammunition, which was seized from his bedroom.

Barre Man Sentenced to 76 Months in Federal Prison for Armed Convenience Store Robbery

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on April 10, 2015, Lee Jay Manning, 28, of Barre, Vermont, was sentenced to 76 months in federal prison after his guilty plea to charges that he used a handgun to rob a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Barre on February 12, 2014. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that Manning serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to Prison for Ramming Law Enforcement Vehicle and Injuring ATF Agent

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Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BERNARD PETTWAY, 39, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for ramming a law enforcement vehicle and injuring an ATF special agent.

Lowell Felon Sentenced for Illegal Firearms Sales

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BOSTON – A previously convicted felon was sentenced today in connection with the sale of multiple firearms, including handguns with obliterated serial numbers.

Shayne Sullivan, 25, formerly of Lowell, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to four years in prison and three years of supervised release. In January 2015, Sullivan pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Hyannis Man Charged with Bitcoin Purchase of Firearm and Silencer on “Darknet”

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BOSTON – A Hyannis man was charged today in federal court with purchasing a firearm and silencer on a “Darknet Market” website, which provides anonymity to users to buy and sell illegal goods.

Justin Moreira, 21, was arrested today and charged in a criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of the firearm and silencer. According to court documents, Moreira has a previous felony conviction in Barnstable County in 2013 for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Montgomery Vermont Man Sentenced in Cross-Border Marijuana Trafficking Conspiracy

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont has stated that Roy “Opie” McAllister II, 39, of Montgomery, Vermont has been sentenced to prison for his role in a cross-border marijuana trafficking conspiracy. In September 2014, McAllister was convicted of two counts of tax filing false tax returns following a jury trial. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the marijuana conspiracy charge and the Court declared a mistrial. A retrial was scheduled for December 2014.

Armed Heroin Trafficker Sentenced 5 Years in Federal Prison

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Christian Montalvo, 40, of Providence, was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison for trafficking heroin and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

ATF, US Attorney’s Office Investigation Results in Arrest and Detention of Cranston Resident on Federal Drug Trafficking, Firearm Charges

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An ongoing investigation by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Attorney’s Office has resulted in the arrest and detention of Antonio Fortes, 24, of Cranston, on federal drug trafficking and firearm charges, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of ATF.

Vergennes Man, Kyle Tetreault, Sentenced to 38 Months in Jail for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearms

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Eugenia A.P. Cowles, the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that Kyle Tetreault, 24, of Vergennes, Vermont, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge William K. Sessions III, to 38 months in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms. Tetreault was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release following his release from prison.

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