BOSTON -- A 22-year-old Lowell man was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of firearms trafficking, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
Authorities allege that Rathsomnang Neth, 22, was involved in five separate transactions of firearms, one of which was an illegal sawed-off shotgun, in Lowell between December 2016 and April 2017. He allegedly sold four handguns and a .20-gauge pump-action shotgun whose barrel had been sawed to less than 18 inches.
Neth was charged in federal court in Boston on one count of dealing in firearms without a license and two counts of possessing and transferring an unregistered shotgun with a shortened barrel.
If Neth is found guilty, the charge of unlawful dealing in firearms carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The charges of possession and transfer of an unregistered firearm each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years.
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