Lowell Man Sentenced for Gun Trafficking


BOSTON – A Lowell man was sentenced on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 for firearms trafficking related to five separate sales, including the sale of an illegal sawed-off shotgun.

Rathsomnang Neth, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to time served (approximately two days) and three years of supervised release. The government recommended a sentence of 30 months in prison. In January 2019, Neth pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in firearms without a license and two counts of possessing and transferring an unregistered shotgun with a shortened barrel.

From December 2016 to April 2017 in Lowell, Neth sold four handguns and a .20 gauge pump-action shotgun with a barrel that had been sawed-off below 18 inches.

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Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boson Field Office, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. Richardson of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

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