City man ac­cused of be­ing felon in pos­ses­sion of gun

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JONATHAN BIS­SON­NETTE jbis­son­nette@paw­tuck­et­times.com

PORT­LAND, Maine – A Paw­tucket man was charged with be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of firearms af­ter he al­legedly be­gan to pos­sess firearms eight days af­ter be­ing con­victed in Rhode Is­land on gun and drug charges, the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fices in Rhode Is­land and Maine an­nounced.

Sal­vador Ro­drigues, 21, of Paw­tucket, was charged by crim­i­nal com­plaint in U.S. Dis­trict Court in the Dis­trict of Maine on Fri­day with be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of firearms. Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, be­tween May 12 and Aug. 23, Ro­drigues il­le­gally pos­sessed five pis­tols. He was pro­hib­ited from pos­sess­ing them be­cause he was con­victed on May 4 in Rhode Is­land of felony pos­ses­sion of a pis­tol with­out a li­cense and a felony drug of­fense, the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice an­nounced.

Ro­drigues faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of su­per­vised re­lease, the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice said.

The case was in­ves­ti­gated by the Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives and the Paw­tucket Po­lice De­part­ment and is part of Project Safe Neigh­bor­hoods, a joint ef­fort of the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion; ATF; U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice; and lo­cal and state po­lice to iden­tify, in­ves­ti­gate, and pros­e­cute in­di­vid­u­als re­spon­si­ble for vi­o­lent crimes.

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