Maine: Convicted Felon Trafficked in Handguns From Georgia

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Handguns on Table

BOSTON – -(Ammoland.com)- An Attleboro man was convicted on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, by a federal jury in Boston of offenses related to firearms trafficking.

Richard Philippe, 42, was convicted following a four-day jury trial of transporting firearms into Massachusetts from Georgia without a license and being a felon in possession of ammunition. U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for April 4, 2022. Philippe was indicted in September 2019.

Between April and June 2019, Philippe purchased dozens of handguns from an unlicensed straw purchaser in Georgia. Philippe returned with the guns to a warehouse in Taunton where he sold them for cash.

Philippe, who had a prior felony firearms conviction in Rhode Island, had neither the lawful ability to possess firearms or ammunition nor a federal license to deal in firearms.

The investigation arose following a July 2019 undercover purchase of firearms from a long-time Brockton drug dealer, who had purchased more than a dozen firearms from Philippe and had been selling them into criminal commerce on the South Shore. The undercover operation triggered a search of Philippe’s warehouse in Taunton, which revealed Philippe’s firearm trafficking. The weapons were traced back to multiple purchases by Philippe’s associate from a pawn shop in Georgia, which specialized in selling low-cost handguns.

The charge of possessing ammunition after being convicted of a felony provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of transportation and receipt of firearms acquired outside of state of residency provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police, Brockton Police Department, Taunton Police, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and the Rhode Island State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Fred M. Wyshak, III and John T. McNeil of Mendell’s Organized Crime & Gang Unit, are prosecuting the case.

Boston Field Divisio


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JSNMGC

“Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police, Brockton Police Department, Taunton Police, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and the Rhode Island State Police.”

Don

It’s amazing to see so many gun owners support the acts of a criminal. He’s got a scheme going that fits exactly what the anti-gunners are saying is the problem, and many of you support his bad acts. He goes out of state, conspires to buy junk guns from a crook of a dealer, then returns the guns to MA and sells bundles of them to a drug dealer. What part of that picture is good for gun owners? Drug dealers selling guns to the mind addled clients leads to gangsters shooting up our streets. Some of you gun owners… Read more »

Wild Bill

Respectfully, we do not see the situation as you have characterized it. First, the National Firearms Act (NFA) and the Gun Control Act (GCA) are repugnant to the Constitution. That portion of the GCA that declares a person who was convicted of a felony, but has now served his sentence (paid his debt to society in effect a former felon) in violation of the GCA is a life sentence added on to the term and not contemplated by state law. An infringement on the Tenth Amendment. Violation of an unconstitutional act of Congress or an unconstitutional act of a state… Read more »

Stag

It’s amazing to see so many gun owners support infringement. You may not be anti-gun but you’re comments are definitely anti-2A. I’ve lost count of the number of butters and Fudds I’ve heard try to quantify their support for infringement by talking about how many guns they own. It may be a hobby to you but it’s the exercising of natural rights to us.

Wild Bill

It is up to us to explain the anti-Second Amendment abridgments that politicians and legislators foist upon the American people. One person at a time, if necessary.

swmft

leo mentality ,most are brain dead do what they are told. they dont care that it is un constitutional mob rule is what they practice

Wild Bill

Maybe we can weed out the some from the most by explaining Constitutional law correctly. I understand that explanation is the more labor intensive and patience trying option. Let us not give up too soon.

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JSNMGC

I didn’t see any comments from gun owners supporting the acts of “gangsters shooting up our streets.”

The article lists numerous law enforcement agencies that were involved in this arrest. If their priorities were shifted away from enforcing never-ending gun control laws, enforcing mask mandates, and hassling people who do nothing wrong, perhaps they could arrest and help build cases against the people who are actually “shooting up our streets.”

Maybe those same enforcers could organize and put pressure on their unions to help them encourage other government employees to stop releasing violent criminals from incarceration prematurely.

Arny

 The weapons were traced back to multiple purchases by Philippe’s associate from a pawn shop in Georgia, which specialized in selling low-cost handguns. So what happened to his associate (ATF snitch) ? And exactly what did NC State Highway Patrol have to do with this ?

Stag

Just government thugs bragging about armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of rights again.

Country Boy

Precisely…NO.

RicktheBear

How was he not convicted of being a felon in possession of _firearms_ rather than or combined with possessing ammunition?

Also, being in the People’s Republic, why wasn’t he charged by AG Healy, Servant of the Public, for possessing firearms without an LTC?

Not that I agree with any of this BS.

swmft

they could not prove gun in possession but he had ammo at home

Deplorable Bill

A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the RIGHT of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. The second amendment, THE law of the land. Rights are rights, unalienable from birth to death. If you are not in jail or the loony farm you have every right to keep and bear arms no matter what some illegal, unconstitutional agency like the batfe says. One day, this is going to come to blood. The batfe is a unconstitutional, illegal government entity that daily disavows their oath to the people, the nation and the constitution.… Read more »

Arizona

Does a felon lose his right to free speech? Why should one lose the right to defend oneself? If someone has served their time and is released from prison, they should have all rights restored. They will get guns regardless, as we see every day. Hefty sentences for crimes against persons and DA’s that actually prosecute crimes with victims would address this better than unconstitutional laws baring possession.

swmft

previous felony, having a gun and no tard card, add infringement to infringement get gooberment

Wild Bill

Respectfully, there was no commerce clause at that time. There was no Constitution at that time. They had not written them, yet.

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Wild Bill

Well, the first instance of the Commerce Clause being used to institute a tax on any of our Right is the NFA of 1934. So … I guess … 1934.

swmft

incorrect it was the alcohol tax,that led to prohibition which led to repeal but the revenuers never went away they added to their attacks on the bill of rights that would be 1934

Wild Bill

Ok, then what specific Right was being taxed, and the year?

Arny

It started with Washington & the whiskey rebellion (1794). Been down hill ever since. The Govt has only gotten more emboldened to step on the little guy.
https://historycooperative.org/whiskey-rebellion/

Don

The federal government has had revenuers since the early years. The ATF is just the revenuers, and the government isn’t going to give up on the taxation imposed on alcohol, tobacco and firearms.It’s big bucks that they want to keep flowing.

swmft

problem is they are not tax collectors they have become lawmakers unto themselves, ,the constitution does not give them that power only congress, dont like wording of a law add to it no vote needed. bet you violated title 18 like crazy and made your own rules; that would make you a criminal in uniform

Wild Bill

That was the first tax, but was it a tax on a civil right?
The Congress in enacting the NFA was imposing a tax for the purpose of preventing people from exercising a civil right.
I guess if drinking whiskey is a civil right the whiskey tax would do that. Was that Congress’ intent?

Russn8r

ATFBI
Servicing OUR Nation

Wild Bill

How about one less? Cordially.

swmft

criminals all fbi atf land management work for the lords and masters

Country Boy

Exactly.Time to straighten out the FBI , and totally disband the ATF. Neither are doing the job they were charged to do.But rather doing everything else, that they were never charged to do.

Alan in NH

Stupid is, as stupid does.