West Warwick couple faces charges after police seize over three-dozen guns
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A West Warwick couple is facing multiple felony charges after police seized over three-dozen guns.
In July, the Urban Violent Crime Task Force and members of the regional SWAT team executed search warrants at several locations on Harris and Cowesett avenues, where they seized 37 guns.
Agents found three fully automatic machine guns, five ghost guns, 23 ghost gun kits, one pistol with an obliterated serial number; 16 silencers and suppressors; two binary triggersvarious firearm components, tools to manufacture firearms, about 223 assorted magazines, as well as three body armor vests and tactical gear.
Christina Federici, 37, was charged with:
- One count of providing false information in securing a firearm
- One count of straw purchasing a firearm
- One count of illegal sale of a concealable weapon without proper paperwork
- One count of sale of a firearm to a prohibited person
- One count of failure to be licensed as a firearms dealer
Russel Gravier, 41, has been charged with:
- Two counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person
- One count of possession of a ghost gun
- One count of possession of a machine gun
- One count of possession of a silencer
- One count of possession of a binary trigger
- One count of alteration of marks of identification on a firearm
- One count of carrying a pistol without a license.
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha said that Federici and Gravier allegedly orchestrated a “significant straw purchasing scheme,” getting firearms and parts from local and online firearm retailers.
The couple is also accused of using some of the parts seized to convert semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic firearms.
The investigation stemmed from a previous Task Force investigation that led to the arrests of three people in Central Falls and Providence, the attorney general’s office added.
Gravier was arraigned in Kent County Superior Court last week. He has a prior conviction for a domestic felony assault in 2011 and other domestic convictions.
Federici is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 4.