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Cambridge Man Arrested on Gun and Cocaine Trafficking Charges

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

BOSTON – A Cambridge man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with firearms trafficking related to six separate sales. In addition, the defendant is also charged with the sale of crack cocaine.

Ezequiel Netzahualt, 25, was charged with one count of dealing firearms without a license and one count of selling cocaine base, commonly known as crack cocaine. Following an initial appearance in federal court in Boston, Netzahualt was detained pending a detention hearing set for Feb. 13, 2020.

According to the indictment, Netzahualt sold 11 firearms in Cambridge during six separate transactions between October 2019 and January 2020. It is also alleged that Netzahualt sold crack cocaine on Nov. 20, 2019.

Each charge of dealing in firearms without a license provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The charge of distribution of a controlled substance provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release and a $1 million fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boson Field Office; and Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Gotlob of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated February 7, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses