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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Providence Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Firearm

Loaded .38 caliber revolver, ammunition, steel tipped arrows, hunting bow, narcotics, BB gun and body armor vest recovered during search of defendant’s vehicle

BOSTON – A Providence man pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Roland S. Morgan, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. U.S. Senior Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for March 3, 2022. Morgan was indicted on March 30, 2021.

On Oct. 28, 2020 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a police officer observed a silver Mercedes exiting Interstate 95 in Seekonk. The officer noted that the vehicle’s rear license plate was not luminated, a violation of Massachusetts Law. After observing the vehicle make a number of random U-turns, the officer conducted a motor vehicle stop. Morgan was driving the vehicle and was unable to produce a driver’s license. The officer determined that Morgan had two outstanding arrest warrants issued by Attleboro District Court. Morgan was then removed from his vehicle and booked on the outstanding warrants. 

A subsequent search of Morgan’s vehicle recovered, among other things, a loaded .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver from under the seat where Morgan had been sitting, 38 rounds of .38 caliber ammunition, 10 metal tipped arrows, a hunting bow, narcotics, a Crossman pellet gun and a body armor vest.

Morgan is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to prior felony convictions.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 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.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn; Seekonk Police Chief Dean Isabella; and Mahanoy Township (Pa.) Police Chief Brandon Alexander made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated November 10, 2021