Lowell Man Sentenced for Firearms Trafficking
BOSTON – Julio Gomez, 30, of Lowell, Mass., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 57 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In January 2015, Gomez pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On May 2, 2014, after law enforcement officers determined that Gomez was trafficking firearms, they executed a federal search warrant at 43 Elm Street, Apartment 4, in Lowell, Mass. During a search of the residence, which was used by Gomez and others as a base of operation in an illegal gun trafficking business, officers seized a Remington Arms rifle, a WASR-10 rifle, and a High Standard revolver loaded with nine rounds of ammunition, as well as an additional 193 rounds of ammunition.
During an interview, Gomez admitted to selling 12 to 14 firearms to two men from Boston. Gomez explained that he was the middleman for the transactions and that he found buyers for people looking to sell firearms.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tobin of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.