Lynn Man Indicted on Firearms Offenses
BOSTON – A Lynn man has been indicted in connection with illegally possessing and selling firearms.
Jufrandy Montano, 32, was indicted on one count of dealing in firearms without a license, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm. Following an initial appearance today before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein, Montano was returned to the State of Maine where he is currently serving a sentence on unrelated state charges.
According to the indictment, Montano sold three firearms between March 4 and March 19, 2020. Additionally, on March 4, 2020, it is alleged that Montano was in possession of a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun that was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Records. Montano does not possess a license to import, manufacture, or deal firearms and is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a prior felony conviction.
The 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 fine of $250,000. The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of possession of an unregistered firearm provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years 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.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin A. Saltzman of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit 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.
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.