BOSTON - A Lawrence man was charged yesterday in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm, being an alien in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and false statements in application for a United States passport.
According to the indictment, Alberto Feliz Garcia, 31, a Dominican national, allegedly executed an application for a U.S. passport in the name of E.F in June 2008. As proof of identity, it is alleged that he produced a Massachusetts driver’s license, a Puerto Rican birth certificate and two color photographs. The passport was approved and mailed to a P.O. Box in Lawrence. The investigation began earlier this year when Garcia identified himself as E.F. when encountered by federal agents in an unrelated investigation. Garcia was arrested in Lawrence in October 2011, and was found in possession of a semi-automatic pistol containing 19 live rounds of ammunition, cocaine in excess of 500 grams and a passport and other documents in the name of E. F.
If convicted on these charges, Garcia faces up to 10 years in prison on the gun charges and up to 40 years in prison on the cocaine possession, to be followed by three years of supervised release and deportation.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations; Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett; and Colonel Marian J. McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. The case was investigated by the ICE-HSI, the Massachusetts State Police and the Essex County Drug Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crime Unit.
The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.