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North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Firearms

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

BOSTON – A North Carolina man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to firearms trafficking. 

Gabriel Gispert-Poe, 24, of Hope Mills, N.C., pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for Jan. 25, 2022. Gispert-Poe was charged on Aug. 6, 2021.

At various times in 2019 and 2020, Gispert-Poe acquired firearms in North Carolina from straw buyers or other sources, and then sold these firearms to Chiweze Ihunwo at a profit. Ihunwo then transported the firearms he obtained from Gispert-Poe to Massachusetts and offered them for resale, including through social media. Gispert-Poe and Ihunwo communicated by phone regarding the proposed acquisition and subsequent resale of firearms.

On Aug. 18, 2021, Ihunwo pleaded guilty to firearms trafficking and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 8, 2021.

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. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on 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 made the announcement. Assistance was provided by the Randolph Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Abely, Chief of Mendell’s Criminal Division, is prosecuting the case

Updated September 23, 2021

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