BOSTON — A Lowell woman was arrested on July 29, 2022 for allegedly trafficking firearms without a license.
Leticia Alcantara, 25, was charged with one count of trafficking firearms without a license. Alcantara will appear in federal court in Boston this afternoon.
“Illegal gun trafficking fuels violent crime trends and poses a very real threat to the safety of our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Rachael S. Rollins. “We believe that Ms. Alcantara contributed to this violent threat through regular sales offers for numerous firearms, including an AR-15 rifle. She held no license and was willing to sell firearms that could have gone to prohibited persons. This is dangerous and could have resulted in violence and significant harm. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those involved in illegal firearms trafficking.
According to the charging document, law enforcement began an October 2021 investigation into gun trafficking in Massachusetts and identified Alcantara as an alleged gun trafficker. On February 15, 2022, Alcantara allegedly offered to sell a 9mm handgun to two people who, unbeknownst to him, were cooperating with law enforcement. It is alleged that on March 15, 2022, Alcantara met with the cooperating witnesses at a prearranged meeting location in a car park in Falmouth to complete the transaction. There, Alcantara was seen entering the vehicle occupied by the cooperating witnesses and allegedly pulling out a black trash bag from her purse containing the firearm.
It is further alleged that on several occasions in July 2022, Alcantara communicated with one of the cooperating witnesses about additional firearms it was offering for sale, including sending photos of: a 9mm fist on July 2, 2022; a small holster-grip revolver and a large black pistol on July 7, 2022; and two handguns on July 9, 2022. At the direction of law enforcement, the cooperating witness agreed to purchase the final two handguns that Alcantara offered for sale. On July 12, 2022, Alcantara met the cooperating witnesses during a controlled purchase in Plymouth. There, Alcantara was observed entering the vehicle and allegedly pulling out a .45 caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol from a dark colored bag.
On July 12, 2022, Alcantara sent additional photos of two firearms for sale which, at the direction of law enforcement, the cooperating witness agreed to purchase. On July 19, 2022, Alcantara arrived at the same prearranged meeting place in Plymouth where she reportedly entered the cooperating witnesses’ vehicle and provided two 9mm pistols. Following the transaction, Alcantara allegedly continued to communicate with the cooperating witness about additional firearms for sale, including a handgun and an AR-15 rifle.
The charge of dealing firearms without a license carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to three years of probation and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on US sentencing guidelines and the laws that govern sentencing in a criminal case.
US Attorney Rollins and James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance in the investigation was provided by Plymouth and Falmouth Police Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Dell’Anno of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.