City man accused of being felon in possession of gun
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.