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Lowell Man Charged with Illegal Firearm

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

BOSTON - A Lowell man was arrested yesterday and charged in federal court in Boston with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Pablo L. Rivera, 53, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the charging document, on Feb. 8, 2019, during a motor vehicle stop, law enforcement recovered a loaded P-38 Walther 9mm firearm and six rounds of ammunition from the vehicle Rivera was driving. Rivera is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior convictions punishable by more than one year in person.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. 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 Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucy Sun of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

This case 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. PSN is 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.

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

Updated February 20, 2019

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods