Holyoke man charged with illegal possession of machine guns

HOLYOKE — A Holyoke man who authorities say illegally possessed more than 40 machine guns and other unregistered firearms was arrested Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office following a federal grand jury indictment in Springfield.

Daniel A. Augusto, 56, was charged with one count of unlawful possession of machine guns, six counts of unlawful possession of unregistered firearms and one count of making false statements to federal agents, according to the office. of the US Attorney. He was scheduled to appear in federal court in Springfield on Friday afternoon.

Augusto’s cache of more than 100 firearms was seized by Holyoke police on February 23 following a search warrant at 5 Robert Drive conducted with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, the tobacco, firearms and explosives. Augusto reportedly had over 40 machine guns and conversion devices, short-barreled rifles, other weapons, and gun silencers.

US Attorney Rachael S. Rollins said in a statement that firearms are lethal weapons with strict licensing and registration requirements.

“We believe that Mr. Augusto not only illegally possessed numerous unregistered firearms, but also possessed a stockpile of machine guns and conversion devices capable of causing rapid death and destruction,” Rollins said. “The illegal possession of firearms and, moreover, machine guns, poses a great threat to the safety of our communities.”

According to the indictment, Augusto allegedly possessed various weapons, including:

–A PTR Industries Inc. Model PTR 9, caliber 9 x 19mm firearm serial number 9MC010480 with a modified HK MP5 type machine gun magazine and trigger box installed.

–38 “switch-type” Glock machine gun conversion devices bearing a counterfeit Glock logo.

–Three rare breed FRT-15 hard reset triggers designed to allow direct installation into AR-15 type firearms, no serial number required.

–A Tommy Triggers FRT-15-3MD forced reset trigger designed to allow direct installation into AR-15 type firearms, without a serial number.

–An Imperial Arms Co. model EFFEN 90 firearm, caliber 5.7 x 28 mm, serial number HXX37 with a magazine;

–A PTR Industries Inc. Model PTR 9 firearm, caliber 9 x 19 mm, serial number 9MK001951 with a collapsible shoulder stock, thread protector, electronic sight and foregrip, and with magazine .

–A Sig Sauer, model MPX, 9x19mm caliber firearm serial number 62B058947 with an electronic sight, Maxim Defense collapsible foregrip and shoulder stock, and with a magazine.

–An Intratec, model Tec-9, 9 x 19 mm caliber firearm, serial number 54601, with a secondary foregrip and synthetic sling.

–Two black gun silencers without markings.

“Illegal possession of unregistered machine guns is a federal crime that the ATF takes very seriously because it threatens the safety of our communities,” said James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Boston Field Division. , in a press release.

Augusto also allegedly falsely told federal agents that all the guns in his residence belonged to his son and his girlfriend, and that he never asked his son or his girlfriend to buy guns. fire arms.

The charge of unlawful possession of machine guns carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of probation and a fine of up to $250,000. The charges of unlawful possession of unregistered firearms each carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 and forfeiture of firearms unlawfully held.

The charge of making false statements to federal agents carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of probation and a fine of $250,000.

All sentences would be imposed by a federal district court judge based on US sentencing guidelines and the laws that govern sentencing in a criminal case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Rollins’ Springfield branch is prosecuting the case.

Scott Merzbach can be contacted at [email protected]

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