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Saugus Man Arrested on Firearms Charge

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

BOSTON – A Saugus man was arrested yesterday and charged in federal court in Boston with dealing firearms. 


Leny Soares, 49, was charged by complaint with one count of dealing firearms without a license. He appeared yesterday before Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley and was detained pending a hearing on Dec. 4, 2017.


According to court documents, law enforcement began investigating the sale of firearms by Soares with the use of a cooperating witness. Over a period of six months, at the direction of law enforcement, the cooperating witness purchased seven firearms from Soares.


The charge of dealing firearms without a license provides for a sentence of no greater than 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 upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Paruti of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case. 


The details contained in the charging documents are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Updated November 23, 2017

Firearms Offenses