LOWELL -- A 48-year-old Lowell man accused of sellng four rifles to an undercover federal agent in 2010 had his bail increased on Tuesday after missing court appearances since January.
Francisco Fradera, appeared in In Lowell District Court in shackles. Lowell police arrested him on a warrant on charges of carrying a firearm without a license (two counts), sale of an unlicensed firearm (two counts), possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and receiving stolen property over $250.
According to court documents, on Sept. 17, 2010, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was involved in a federal investigation into the illegal sale of firearms by Fradera. At a Sept. 20, 2010 meeting, Fradera allegedly sold for a total of $1,300 a Marlin 30-30 rifle, a Browning 7-mm rifle, a Thompson Center Arms muzzle loader and a Traditions .50-caliber muzzle loader.
The agent paid Fradera $1,300 in cash for the weapons.
Prosecutor James Puritz requested $3,000 cash bail, noting Fradera has a six-page criminal record. Defense attorney Jeannine Mercure said her client has lived at 29 Prince Ave. in Lowell for five years and has significant health issues.
Judge Daniel Crane ordered Fradera held on $1,000 cash bail, minus the $500 cash bail he posted after his arraignment last year.