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Published on May 21, 2024
Lowell Man Sentenced to 18 Months for Illegal Gun Trafficking, U.S. District Judge DeterminesSource: Unsplash/ Ye Jinghan

A Lowell man has been slapped with 18 months in prison for gun trafficking after admitting to selling firearms meant only for cops, to local yahoos in Massachusetts. Isael Rodriguez, 29, found himself on the wrong side of the law and was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, also scoring three years of supervised release for his illicit dealings.

Back in January and June of 2021, Rodriguez bought a dozen Glock pistols from a licensed dealer at $500 a pop, while claiming they were for his personal use. The guns which are restricted for sale solely to active law enforcement officers, were instead flipped for a quick buck by Rodriguez, in a clear violation of federal law. Rodriguez, absent a license to trade in arms, must now reckon with the consequences of his actions. According to a statement released by the Department of Justice, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to dealing in firearms without a license and making false statements to acquire firearms from a licensed dealer in January 2024.

The collar on Rodriguez was the result of cooperative efforts between the ATF, Boston Police, Lowell, Brookline, and Brockton police departments. The score was announced by the Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; James Ferguson, honcho of the ATF's Boston brigade; and local top cops, Michael Cox of Boston, Gregory C. Hudon of Lowell, Jennifer M. Paster of Brookline, and Brenda I. Perez of Brockton. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dawley, of the Organized Crime & Gang Unit, brought the case to a close.