06/19/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 17:38
BOSTON - An Everett man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with selling a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Brian Segura, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to engage in the business of dealing in firearms without a license and one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing for May 2018.
As part of larger gang-related conspiracy, Segura conspired with an 18 Street Gang member to deal firearms to a cooperating witness (CW). On May 5, 2016, Segura and the 18 Street Gang member met the CW in a Revere parking lot and sold the CW a semi-automatic handgun with an obliterated serial number.
Segura is the 12 defendant to plead guilty of the 66 alleged gang members/associates from the Greater Boston area who were charged in June 2016 with federal firearm and drug offenses. According to court documents, the defendants, who are leaders, members, and associates of the 18th Street Gang, East Side Money Gang and the Boylston Gang, were responsible for fueling a gun and drug pipeline across a number of cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. Specifically, the gangs created alliances in order to traffic weapons and drugs, including cocaine, crack, and heroin supplied through a Brockton-based drug network. During the course of the investigation, over 70 firearms were seized.
The charges provide 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; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Maura Healey, Attorney General of Massachusetts; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes; and Brockton Police Chief John Crowley, made the announcement today. The U.S. Attorney's Office also acknowledges the assistance of the Suffolk and Middlesex County Sheriff Departments and the Malden, Revere and Everett Police Departments. Weinreb's Organized Crime and Gang Unit is prosecuting the case.