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Lewiston Man Sentenced to 20 Months on Federal Firearm Charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2013

Contact: Darcie N. McElwee
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 771-3227

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that
U. S. District Judge George Z. Singal, sitting in Portland, sentenced Daniel Fowler, 35, of
Lewiston, to 20 months imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being
a felon in possession of a firearm. Fowler pled guilty to the charges on March 21, 2012.

According to evidence introduced at the sentencing and the plea hearing, on July 12,
2012, Lewiston Police officers working foot patrol downtown as part of Operation Hot Spot
observed Fowler running and carrying what appeared to be a bag with the barrel of a gun
sticking out. Fowler was ordered to stop, but he refused. Following a foot chase and a short
struggle that ended with Fowler being arrested, officers observed that he was carrying a
pillowcase containing a stolen Mossberg 12 gauge caliber shotgun and several rounds of
ammunition. Fowler is a convicted felon.

United States Attorney Delahanty said that the Fowler case arises out of Operation Hot
Spot, which is an initiative of Maine’s Project Safe Neighborhoods. Operation Hot Spot was
designed as a cooperative effort of local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies to
confront and reduce violent crime, drug trafficking and prostitution in Lewiston’s downtown
residential neighborhood. The initiative was conceived as a way to increase safety and improve
the living environment for children and families following three separate shooting incidents in
May 2012. Operation Hot Spot is continuing in 2013.

The project has been led by Lewiston Police Chief Michael Bussiere; Special Agent-in-
Charge Matthew Cashman of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA); and Resident
Agent-in-Charge Dale Armstrong of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF). Delahanty praised the cooperation of the departments and agencies who have
participated in a variety of enforcement activities as the key to the success of Operation Hot
Spot. In addition to the Lewiston Police Department, MDEA and ATF, the Lewiston Housing
Authority, Auburn Police Department, Lisbon Police Department, Androscoggin County
Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, Maine Department of Corrections (Division of Probation
and Community Services), Maine Pretrial Services, the United States Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) and the United States Marshals Service have participated in Hot Spot
Operations.

These cooperating agencies have conducted a series of coordinated enforcement actions
that employed different tactics and strategies since last May 2012 and will continue throughout
this summer. The enforcement details are conducted on a random schedule at different times of
day and targeted various activities. The operations are conducted with the guidance and
assistance of the District Attorney’s Office for Androscoggin County and the Office of the
United States Attorney for the District of Maine.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives and the Lewiston Police Department.

 

 

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