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Saugus Man Charged with Firearms Offense

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

BOSTON – A Saugus man was charged today in federal court in Boston with dealing firearms. 


Leny Soares, 49, was indicted on one count of dealing firearms without a license. Soares was initially arrested and charged by criminal complaint on Nov. 21, 2017, and has been detained since his arrest.


According to court documents, law enforcement began investigating the sale of firearms by Soares with the assistance 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 December 14, 2017

Firearms Offenses