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Agawam Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – An Agawam man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Springfield to stealing two firearms and selling and trading them for drugs. 

David Poirier, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer and one count of possession, sale or disposal of a stolen firearm. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for March 5, 2021.

Between June 18 and 23, 2020, Poirier stole a STI Edge 40 caliber pistol, a Glock 34 9 mm pistol, a Stag Arms Stag 15 lower frame and cash from a family member’s locked safe, and then traded them for drugs. The family member holds a Federal Firearms License (“FFL”) and owns a firearms business.

The charging statutes each provide for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Office; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle L. Dineen Jerrett of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case. 

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Updated December 10, 2020

Firearms Offenses