BOSTON — A Taunton man was arrested today for allegedly making and selling unlicensed firearms, including ghost guns.

William Viera, 33, has been charged with one count of trafficking firearms without a license. Following an initial appearance today in federal court in Boston before U.S. District Court Judge Mr. Page Kelley, Viera has been detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for August 22, 2022.

According to the charging documents, beginning in or around April 2022, federal agents identified Viera as an illegal firearms dealer and maker of ghost weapons. Ghost guns, or privately manufactured firearms (PMFs), are firearms assembled or otherwise produced by someone other than a licensed manufacturer, often without a serial number. In April 2022, through the use of a cooperating witness, officers contacted Viera about available firearms. It is alleged that in communications, Viera said he owned a 3D printer which he used to make PMFs, including a Glock-style PMF. Viera also allegedly made complete firearms from unfinished firearm kits and sold the completed firearms to other people. The cooperating witness then encountered Viera at his residence on several occasions, where Viera was allegedly observed in possession of a Glock-style PMF. Between July 15, 2022 and August 8, 2022, Viera sold three Glock-style PMFs and ammunition to the Cooperating Witness in three separate controlled purchases.

Viera does not have a federal firearms license and is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition due to previous felony convictions, including a 2012 conviction in Bristol County for armed robbery. for which he was sentenced to two to five years in prison.

The charge of trafficking firearms without a license carries a sentence of up to 5 years in prison, up to three years of probation and a $250,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on US sentencing guidelines and the laws that govern sentencing in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Taunton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Dell’Anno of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.

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