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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Massachusetts
Joshua S. Levy, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Monday, December 18, 2023

Framingham Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Two Firearms and Ammunition

BOSTON — A Framingham man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

Edwin Alago, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for March 12, 2024. Alago was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2023 after being previously arrested on related state charges.

In May 2021, Alago possessed a SCCY .9mm CPX-2 semi-automatic pistol bearing a defaced serial number and seven rounds of .9mm ammunition. Due to previous felony convictions for drug distribution and possession and assault with a dangerous weapon, Alago is prohibited from possessing firearms.

The charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime provides for a sentence of up to life in prison and no less than five years in prison, up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy and James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office and the Framingham Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meghan C. Cleary and Brian Sullivan of the Major Crimes Unit are prosecuting the case. 

This case 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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.


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