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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Massachusetts
For Immediate Release
Joshua S. Levy, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-ma
Monday, April 1, 2024

Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Straw Purchase Firearms

BOSTON – A Maine man pleaded guilty to conspiring to straw purchase firearms in Maine and traffic the firearms to Massachusetts. 

Traveyon Richardson, 26, of Bangor, Maine pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to straw purchase firearms and one count of trafficking of firearms. Chief United States District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for July 10, 2024. Richardson along with his co-conspirator Breon Stroup were indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2023.  

In September 2022, Stroup allegedly used Snapchat to ask Richardson to purchase two specific firearms for him in Maine, where Richardson resides. It is alleged that the following day, Stroup sent Richardson a Cash App money transfer and Richardson purchased the firearms online. Then, Richardson allegedly picked up the firearms from the federal firearm license dealer and drove the firearms to Massachusetts in October 2022.  

It is further alleged that approximately two weeks later, in October 2022, Richardson and Stroup had a phone conversation where Stroup assured Richardson that he had deleted his Snapchat account. When Richardson allegedly inquired about Stroup’s iCloud account, Stroup responded that he had deleted his iCloud account also. 

The charge of conspiracy to straw purchase firearms provides for a sentence of up to 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of trafficking of firearms provides for a sentence of up to 15 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 statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Fall River Police Department and the Maine State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lucy Sun and Timothy E. Moran of the Organized Crime & Gang Unit are prosecuting the case.

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

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