A Massachusetts man who authorities say sold ‘ghost guns’ and fentanyl will remain in federal custody while he faces charges, according to a recent decision issued by a judge.
Miguel Mejia, 35, of Lawrence, was arrested earlier this month after he was indicted on one count each of dealing in firearms without a license and one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 40 grams more of fentanyl.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office accuses Mejia of selling “five privately made firearms, more commonly known as ghost-guns” between July 7, 2020, and Dec. 16, 2020.
Authorities also said Mejia sold more than 40 grams of fentanyl on July 31, 2020.
Federal indictments filed in the case against Mejia said he is not a licensed importer, manufacturer or firearms dealer.
He is accused of making five firearms and selling them. The firearms, authorities said, were a Glock-style handgun.
On Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal ordered that Mejia remain detained as his criminal case continues.
The judge noted in her decision that the guns allegedly sold had no serial numbers. Federal authorities who searched Mejia’s home in December 2020 found a pill press, a pill stamping kit, ammunition, a firearm and other drug paraphernalia, records said.
He has a state conviction for fentanyl distribution on his record. He was placed on probation for two years in that case, records show.
A resident of Massachusetts since 2006, Mejia was born in the Dominican Republic and is a legal permanent resident of the United States, the judge said.
Mejia, through his lawyers, proposed he be released on an unsecured bond and conditions including travel restrictions and electronic monitoring. Boal didn’t believe Mejia was a flight risk but believed he “does present a significant danger to the community.”
The judge noted that Mejia allegedly committed the new offenses while still on state probation.