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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 3, 2022

Providence Man Sentenced for 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 was sentenced today for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Roland S. Morgan, 38, was sentenced by U.S. Senior Court Judge William G. Young to 21 months in prison and two years of supervised release. On Nov. 10, 2021, Morgan pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On Oct. 28, 2020, at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Seekonk 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, at which time he was arrested. 

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; 43 rounds of .38 caliber ammunition; 10 metal tipped arrows; a hunting bow; narcotics; a Crossman pellet gun; a black holster; and a body armor vest.

Morgan is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to prior felony convictions for assault, drug distribution and firearms possession.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; 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 Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated March 3, 2022