RI ADVOCATE GENERAL Peter F. Neronha announced Friday that two Massachusetts men have been sentenced to three years in prison each after pleading possession of a ghost rifle and drug and firearms resulting from their 2021 arrests.
PROVISION – Two Massachusetts men were sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a ghost rifle and drug and firearms charges following their arrests in 2021, Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced Friday.
Jarrel Rocha, 20, of Attleboro, pleaded guilty in Providence Superior Court to possession of a ghost rifle, possession of a firearm while delivering a controlled substance, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
On July 25, Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause sentenced Rocha to 10 years, three of which to serve with the ACI, followed by a seven-year suspended sentence with probation.
Mark Socia, 21, of Attleboro, pleaded guilty in Providence Superior Court to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and two counts of possession of a firearm while delivering a controlled substance.
On July 25, Krause sentenced Socia to eight years, three of which were for the ACI and a five-year suspended sentence with probation.
“Serialized rifles – ghost rifles – have become the weapon of choice for shooters and drug dealers because they are untraceable and don’t require background checks to buy them. They can be easily assembled from kits purchased on the Internet, at minimal cost,” Neronha said. style pistols without serial numbers, made from kits produced by a single company in Nevada. Make no mistake, these illegal weapons threaten the safety of all Rhode Islanders.”
The RI State Police and Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested both Rocha and Socia in a Central Falls apartment on March 2, 2021 while executing an arrest warrant to arrest Socia, who was wanted by law enforcement officers in Massachusetts for his alleged role in a gunshot. fire incident in Attleboro on February 18, 2021.
During the arrest, a ghost rifle, semi-automatic pistol, revolver, a significant amount of cash, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized.
Do you want to share this story? Click here to buy a link that will allow anyone to read it on any device, whether they are a subscriber or not.
This post 2 Mass. men convicted of ghost weapon, drugs, firearms
was original published at “https://pbn.com/2-mass-men-sentenced-on-ghost-gun-drug-firearms-charges/”