Baltimore gun, drug trafficking investigation yields suspects

A federal grand jury indicted five individuals in for various firearms-related charges stemming from a gun trafficking investigation conducted in Baltimore, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

The defendants were arrested Wednesday — their indictments unsealed — and are being charged with unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm; possession of a firearm and/or ammunition by an illegal alien, possession and sale of a stolen firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Baltimore residents David Boj-Perez, aka “David Salomon Boj,” and “Daniel,” 31; Estelle Julia Lewis, 28; and Philip Samuel Simmons, 39, are being tried by the District of Maryland for illegally possessing an unregistered, sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun and each face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

“These cases resulted from an intensive ATF investigation of firearms trafficking in Baltimore City,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Federal agents are working with police and prosecutors to stop the flow of guns into Baltimore.”

The DA said a separate indictment charged two Baltimore men for gun- and drug-related possession and distribution.

Kevin Mauricio Guzman Rivera, 21, and Raymond Escobar, aka “Ray,” 35, are accused of being an illegal alien and a felon in possession of a firearm, respectively, in addition to drug conspiracy and related charges, the DA said.

They could each receive a maximum of 10 years in prison for possession and 20 years for distribution of drugs and drug conspiracy.

The investigation was a joint effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Baltimore Police Department under the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Last month Baltimore saw 43 homicides, marking the city’s highest in 20 years. Shootings are consistently the leading cause of homicides and May saw an additional 108 non-fatal ones in May. The overwhelming amount of violence is believed to be drug- and gang-related.