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Providence Man Indicted, Arraigned on Firearms Charges

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

PROVIDENCE - A Providence man has been ordered detained in federal custody following his arrest on a grand jury indictment charging him with the illegal sale of a firearm to an out-of-state resident and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

According to information presented to the Court, it is alleged that on April 9, 2018, Diosvany Cabreja Reynosa, 20, sold an individual a 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number, and on November 15, 2018, he sold a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) undercover agent, who lives in Massachusetts, a semi-automatic rifle with a drum magazine.

It is alleged that in the first transaction, Reynosa acknowledged to the buyer that he was selling him a firearm with an obliterated serial number. In the second transaction, it is alleged that the ATF undercover agent clearly stated to Reynosa, and that Reynosa was aware, that the buyer was a Massachusetts resident.

According to ATF records, Reynosa is not a federally licensed firearms dealer.

Reynoso was arrested on Tuesday and ordered detained at his arraignment before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond. The grand jury indictment was returned on December 13, 2018.

Reynosa’s indictment and arrest are announced by United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of ATF Kelly D. Brady, and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

An indictment is merely allegations is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.

The matter was investigated by ATF, the ATF Task Force, and the Providence Police Department, with the assistance of the Pawtucket Police Department.



Jim Martin
(401) 709-5357

Updated December 19, 2018

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 18-169