For Immediate Release
Farmington Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses
CONCORD - Alexander A. Tsiros, 37, of Farmington, pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and firearms offenses, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 7, 2018, Milton Police Department received a call from an individual who reported that Tsiros was in possession of a black handgun.
Tsiros was later arrested in Dover for violating a protective order. During the stop, police officers noticed a backpack on the front seat of his vehicle. The Farmington Police Department executed a search warrant and found a Hi-Point C9, nine millimeter pistol, a black nylon holster, and ammunitions. Also recovered were a bag of crystal methamphetamine, packaging material, and drug paraphernalia. Tsiros is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Tsiros is scheduled to be sentenced on October 9, 2019.
"Drugs and guns are a deadly combination that present a serious threat to public safety," said U.S. Attorney Murray. "Federal law prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms. Through Project Safe Neighborhoods, we are working closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute armed criminals in order to protect the citizens of the Granite State."
"Working with our law enforcement partners to combat violent crime and to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and off the streets is ATF’s top priority," said Special Agent in Charge Kelly D. Brady of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "Today’s guilty plea is another example of the importance of law enforcement partnerships and their effectiveness in protecting the safety and security of communities."
This matter was investigated by the Farmington Police Department, Milton Police Department, Dover Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M. Walsh.
The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.