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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maine

For Immediate Release

July 9, 2013

Thomas E. Delahanty II, United States Attorney

Contact: Darcie N. McElwee, Public Information Officer
(207) 771-3227

Lewiston Man Sentenced to 20 Months on Federal Firearm Charge

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that U. S. District Judge George Z. Singal, sitting in Portland, sentenced Daniel Fowler, 35, of Lewiston, to 20 months imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Fowler pled guilty to the charges on March 21, 2012.

According to evidence introduced at the sentencing and the plea hearing, on July 12, 2012, Lewiston Police officers working foot patrol downtown as part of Operation Hot Spot observed Fowler running and carrying what appeared to be a bag with the barrel of a gun sticking out. Fowler was ordered to stop, but he refused. Following a foot chase and a short struggle that ended with Fowler being arrested, officers observed that he was carrying a pillowcase containing a stolen Mossberg 12 gauge caliber shotgun and several rounds of ammunition. Fowler is a convicted felon.

United States Attorney Delahanty said that the Fowler case arises out of Operation Hot Spot, which is an initiative of Maine’s Project Safe Neighborhoods. Operation Hot Spot was designed as a cooperative effort of local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies to confront and reduce violent crime, drug trafficking and prostitution in Lewiston’s downtown residential neighborhood. The initiative was conceived as a way to increase safety and improve the living environment for children and families following three separate shooting incidents in May 2012. Operation Hot Spot is continuing in 2013.

The project has been led by Lewiston Police Chief Michael Bussiere; Special Agent–in– Charge Matthew Cashman of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA); and Resident Agent–in–Charge Dale Armstrong of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Delahanty praised the cooperation of the departments and agencies who have participated in a variety of enforcement activities as the key to the success of Operation Hot Spot. In addition to the Lewiston Police Department, MDEA and ATF, the Lewiston Housing Authority, Auburn Police Department, Lisbon Police Department, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, Maine Department of Corrections (Division of Probation and Community Services), Maine Pretrial Services, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Marshals Service have participated in Hot Spot Operations.

These cooperating agencies have conducted a series of coordinated enforcement actions that employed different tactics and strategies since last May 2012 and will continue throughout this summer. The enforcement details are conducted on a random schedule at different times of day and targeted various activities. The operations are conducted with the guidance and assistance of the District Attorney’s Office for Androscoggin County and the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Maine.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lewiston Police Department.