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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Massachusetts

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 3, 2021
Nathaniel R. Mendell
, United States Attorney

Chelsea Man Indicted for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

BOSTON – A Chelsea man was arraigned today on an indictment for federal firearms offenses.

Miguel Reyes, 31, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to the charging documents, on Aug. 18, 2020, Reyes was in possession of a Beretta, Model U22, .22 LR caliber pistol and ammunition. On Aug. 26, 2020, Reyes was allegedly in possession of a Glock, model 48, 9 mm pistol, and ammunition. Due to a prior felony conviction, Reyes is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division. Valuable assistance was provided by the Chelsea Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin A. Saltzman of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Boston Field Division