2 Mass. guys sentenced on ghost weapon, drug, guns charges


PROVIDENCE– 2 Massachusetts guys were sentenced to serve 3 years each after pleading guilty to having a ghost weapon and drug and guns charges coming from their arrests in 2021, Chief Law Officer Peter F. Neronha revealed Friday.

Jarrel Rocha, 20, of Attleboro, pleaded guilty in Providence Superior Court to belongings of a ghost weapon, belongings of a gun while providing an illegal drug and belongings with intent to disperse cannabis.

On July 25, Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause sentenced Rocha to ten years, with 3 years to serve at the ACI followed by a seven-year suspended sentence with probation.

Mark Socia, 21, of Attleboro, pleaded guilty in Providence Superior Court to belongings with intent to disperse cannabis and 2 counts of belongings of a gun while providing an illegal drug.

On July 25, Krause sentenced Socia to 8 years, with 3 to serve at the ACI and a five-year suspended sentence with probation.

” Weapons without identification numbers– ghost weapons– have actually ended up being the weapon of option for shooters and drug dealerships since they are untraceable and do not need a background check to acquire. They can be quickly put together from sets purchased on the web, at very little expense,” Neronha stated. “Given that Rhode Island forbade such weapons 2 years earlier, this workplace has actually prosecuted almost 50 cases including ghost weapons, the majority of them including Polymer80 9 mm Glock design pistols without identification numbers made from sets produced by a single Nevada business. Make no error, these unlawful weapons threaten the security of all Rhode Islanders.”

The R.I. State Authorities and Violent Fugitive Job Force apprehended both Rocha and Socia at a home in Central Falls on March 2, 2021 while performing an arrest warrant looking for to capture Socia, who was desired by police in Massachusetts for his supposed function in a shots-fired occurrence in Attleboro on Feb. 18, 2021.

A ghost weapon, a semi-automatic pistol, a revolver, a considerable quantity of money, cannabis and drug stuffs were taken throughout the arrest.

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