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Felon Pleads Guilty To Trafficking Firearms From Alabama To Boston

February 21, 2024

Jahquel Pringle, 26, of Boston, admitted his involvement in the illegal transportation of numerous firearms from Alabama to Massachusetts in federal court this week, according to a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

Pringle pleaded guilty to several charges, including conspiracy to unlawfully transport firearms, illegal transportation or receipt of firearms outside of residency, and felon in possession of a firearm. He made the plea before U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV, who scheduled Pringle’s sentencing for June 6, 2024. Pringle was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2022 alongside three other co-defendants.

Court documents say that Pringle and his co-defendants collaborated to acquire at least 24 firearms from Alabama, where one co-defendant lived, to transport them to Boston.

Pringle took two separate trips in July and August 2020, traveling from Boston to Alabama via commercial bus to retrieve firearms from another co-defendant. He then concealed the firearms in his luggage and transported them back to Boston by bus, according to prosecutors.

Law enforcement authorities have recovered at least seven of these firearms from the streets of Boston and surrounding areas. Surveillance footage captured Pringle firing one of the firearms in Alabama. Pringle’s prior felony conviction bars him from possessing firearms.

The charges of interstate transportation and conspiracy carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine each. The charge of felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.


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