2 Massachusetts men facing gun charges, including possessing ghost gun, sentenced to prison

Rhode Island Attorney General's Office in Cranston. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office said Friday that two Massachusetts men who were facing gun and drug charges were sentenced to serve three years in prison.

Attorney General Peter Neronha said that Jarrel Rocha, 20, pled guilty to possession of a ghost gun, possession of a firearm while delivering a controlled substance, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Neronha said Rocha, who’s from Attleboro, was sentenced to 10 years, with three years to serve at the ACI followed by a seven-year suspended sentence with probation.

The attorney general said 21-year-old Mark Socia, who’s also from Attleboro, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and two counts of possession of a firearm while delivering a controlled substance.

In March 2021, Neronha said both suspects were arrested by Rhode Island State Police at an apartment in Central Falls and confiscated a ghost gun, a semi-automatic handgun, a revolver, a large amount of money, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

That day, state police executed a search warrant, looking for Socia who was wanted by police in Massachusetts for a shots fired incident back in February, Neronha said.

During the execution, police found a 9mm Polymer80 semi-automatic pistol ghost gun, $6,112 in cash, and marijuana in Rocha’s bedroom.

In Socia’s bedroom, the attorney general said, officers seized a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver, $674 in cash, marijuana, marijuana edibles, powdered marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Neronha said a ghost gun is one without serial numbers, making them untraceable and easier to obtain.

“Make no mistake, these illegal weapons threaten the safety of all Rhode Islanders. I am grateful to the Rhode Island State Police for outstanding work in this case and continued partnership in working to keep Rhode Islanders safe,” said Neronha.

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