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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Boston Man Charged with Federal Firearm Offense

BOSTON –A Boston man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Mohamed Abdulaziz, 31, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Abdulaziz is currently in state custody.

According to the charging document, on Sept. 2, 2018, law enforcement officers stopped Abdulaziz on Route 24 South in West Bridgewater because he was driving erratically. After Abdulaziz failed several field sobriety tests, he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Troopers then conducted a routine inventory search of Abdulaziz’s vehicle before it was towed and found a loaded revolver beneath the driver’s seat. Federal law prohibits Abdulaziz from possessing a firearm or ammunition because of a prior felony conviction.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 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 and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Wichers of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated December 12, 2018