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Merrimack Man Sentenced to 18 Months Imprisonment for Unlicensed Firearm Dealing and Making False Statements During the Acquisition of Firearms

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

            CONCORD, N.H. - Leith Sukkar, 23, of Merrimack New Hampshire, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on one count of unlicensed firearm dealing and two counts of making a false statement during the acquisition of a firearm, United States Attorney Jane E. Young announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, Between September 2021 and May 3, 2022, Sukkar purchased 24 firearms from four federally licensed firearms dealers in New Hampshire. Sukkar falsely represented that he was the actual purchaser of the firearms when, in fact, he was purchasing the firearms for other people.  On May 3, 2022, Sukkar made a false statement during the purchase of a Glock model 29, 10mm pistol and a Glock model 43, 9mm pistol from Shooter’s Outpost, a federally licensed firearms dealer, located in Hooksett, New Hampshire.  Similarly on April 27, 2022, Sukkar made a false statement during the purchase of a Taurus model G2S, 9mm pistol, from Shooter’s Outpost.  Other evidence obtained during the investigation showed that he was charging $900 for firearms and accepted drugs as payment for at least one firearm.  Sukkar does not have a federal license to sell or deal in firearms.

            After sentencing U.S. Attorney Young said, “this defendant’s deliberate actions were designed to thwart the application of firearms laws and merit the term of imprisonment he received.  The defendant’s crimes facilitated crimes of violence and other crimes, including drug offenses, in New Hampshire and neighboring states.”

            This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Manchester Police Department Special Investigations Unit, and the New Hampshire Sate Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Geoffrey Ward, Anna Krasinski, and Deb Walsh.     


Updated March 15, 2023

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 23-035