A Boston District Court presided by Judge Leo T. Sorokin, has sentenced a Nigerian man, Chiweze Ihunwo to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty in connection with trafficking firearms from North Carolina.
In his sentence which was passed on Thursday December 17, Judge Leo T. Sorokin said that Ihunwo pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license.
He also revealed that in 2019 and 2020, Ihunwo traveled from Massachusetts to North Carolina for the purpose of securing firearms which he indented to flip for profit, (and that’s buying and selling)
He further explained that after acquiring these firearms, Ihunwo traveled back to Massachusetts and sold them to various individuals with gains.
During the investigation, it was revealed that Ihunwo made several social media adverts posts for the sells of those acquired advertised the firearms.
In addition, Ihunwo made arrangements to sell firearms to a person who was later arrested to be in connection with a June 23, 2020 shooting incident on I-95 in Providence.
During a search of a residence in Providence where Ihunwo had been staying, an AK-style pistol and various rounds of ammunition were recovered.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives made the announcement. Assistance was provided by the Randolph Police Department, the Providence Police Department and the Rhode Island State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mackenzie Duane of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case