Jury finds New York City man guilty on gun, drug charges

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 27, 2012, at 3:42 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal jury on Wednesday found a New York City man guilty of conspiracy to make false statements in a firearms applications, being a felon in possession of firearms, and marijuana possession.

Levell L. Matthews, 25, was convicted following a two-day trial in U.S. District Court, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Thursday. Testimony and trial evidence revealed that in 2011, Matthews, a convicted felon, had a co-conspirator purchase a firearm for him from a Bangor pawnshop.

The co-conspirator falsely stated on the application to buy the gun that he was the actual buyer, the press release said. Before the purchase, Matthews handled several other firearms at the dealer’s store, which amounted to possession, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. When Matthews was arrested, agents found marijuana in his underwear.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Matthews faces up to five years in federal prison on the conspiracy charge, up to 10 years on the gun charges, and between 15 days and two years on the drug possession charge.

He also faces fines of up to $250,000 on each count.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the assistance of the Bangor Police Department and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

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