Federal sting nabs Mass. man for illegal firearms buy - Brattleboro Reformer

An alleged Holyoke, Mass. gang member offered drugs/guns/cash to illegally buy a .22 pistol - not knowing the seller was a federal agent.

"In April 2020, the ATF Burlington Field Office began an investigation targeting the unlawful trafficking of firearms between Vermont and western Massachusetts, state the court documents. "ATF received information from several sources that individuals involved in drug distribution from western Massachusetts were frequently obtaining firearms in Vermont in exchange for drugs," the documents state. "These Vermont-sourced firearms are then often recovered during investigations of violent incidents." The court documents also note that LaFrance has a "La Familia" tattoo on his hand. La Familia reportedly is a violent street gang that has several members active in the Holyoke area."



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