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Fitchburg man faces federal drug charges.

WORCESTER - A 28-year-old Fitchburg man was charged in federal court yesterday with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Richard Montalvo, of 15 Highland Ave., Fitchburg, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The complaint alleges that on July 27, 2006, an undercover officer arranged to meet Mr. Montalvo in a parking lot in Fitchburg to buy a gun and crack cocaine. The officer paid Mr. Montalvo $550 for a .38-caliber revolver with six rounds of ammunition, and was also sold crack cocaine, the release said.

If convicted, Mr. Montalvo faces up to 20 years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, a $1 million fine, and a special assessment of $100. On the felon in possession charge, according to the U.S. Attorney's office, Mr. Montalvo faces 10 years in prison to be followed by three years supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a special assessment of $100. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Boston Field Division, the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, and the Fitchburg Police Department.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jul 13, 2007
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