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Man Sentenced for Buying Firearms on Dark Net

Justin Moreira,22, was sentenced by Federal Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor, to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In November 2015, Moreira plead guilty to three counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition and firearms. Moreira had a conviction in 2013 for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute; which is a felony.

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Beginning in January 2015, Moreira engaged a federal undercover agent in a series of online messages during which Moreira inquired about the potential purchase of several different firearms. Ultimately, Moreira ordered a Walther PPK/S .380 caliber pistol and silencer from the agent for $2,500 worth of bitcoin. Moreira instructed the agent to ship the package to a post office box in Hyannis. Federal agents monitoring the post office box immediately arrested Moreira after he retrieved the package.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal inspection Service Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, and Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary B. Murane of Ortiz’s Criminal Division.

In 2014, the Agora guns and weapons seller “weaponsguy” began receiving complaints of packages not arriving and being a scammer. In November 2014 he returned from vacation, got the complaining buy to vouch for him, and resumed selling guns and related items. Weaponsguy was identified as an ATF controlled account which did undercover sales to Moreira in March-April of 2015. In which case it seems likely that weaponsguy followed the same life cycle as Dark_Mart and other FBI controlled accounts on Evolution and was busted sometime around or after the complaints began, cooperated and his account bean to be operated by ATF.

10 comments

  1. Am I missing something here? Man gets busted for buying a gun in a country where you use your schools as shooting ranges!

    • jimbo

      makes you think the whole thing was a set-up, eh?
      like the EFF-B-I cooking up bogus ‘terrorist incidents’ :(
      this character could’v got a gun ANY-where…a gun show, classifieds in local news-papers, facebook, Armslist, MeWe and/or a host of other gun sites and forums……

    • Blammo

      Convicted felons are not allowed to possess guns ever. For life.

      “In November 2015, Moreira plead guilty to three counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition and firearms. Moreira had a conviction in 2013 for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute; which is a felony.”

      • jimbo

        except…nowhere does it say that in the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America….

        if yr free and walking the streets…you should have ALL yr rights….

        yr First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights don’t magically disappear, do they?

        • Retardo

          Yea Jimbo. If u ve been convicted of a felony you can’t purchase fire arms. Why do you think they have back ground checks at gun stores. You could try a traveling gun show because they often do background checks.

    • Greg

      Learn a bit about US gun laws.
      1. He’s a felon. Felons cannot own guns.
      2. He lives in Boston, MA. It is illegal to buy a weapon there without a FOID gun license from the state. Background checks are mandatory for all sales.
      3. He attempted to buy a silencer. It is illegal to have an unregistered silencer anywhere in the US under federal law. The maximum penalty for an unregistered silencer is a 10 year prison sentence.

      • Jackand7

        Correction, if you are a convicted felon, you can not be in possession of a firearm. Doesn’t matter who owns it. If you are in the same room of a house where a firearm is located, you can actually be charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon!

  2. talk about getting ripped off too.

  3. IOW: the BATFE thugs incited and enabled a crime and then entrapped a patsy….same ol’ same ol’ … just another bunch of low-live (dot)gov gangsters….

  4. James Patterson

    I agree with Jimbo. Duck these black suited thugs! M a has gum lahs like natzis . It’s unconstitutional!

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