Williamsport Man Indicted on Drug Charges and Stealing Eleven Guns From Gun Store

WILLIAMSPORT -- Samuel Bozochovic, 36, of Williamsport, was indicted this week by a federal grand jury with stealing handguns from a gun store in Muncy and possessing controlled substances with intent to distribute them.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Bozochovic allegedly broke into the R&J Welch gun store on February 8, 2017 and stole 11 handguns from the inventory. Five of the firearms were recovered during a search of Bozochovic's apartment, but six are as yet uncovered. Later the same day, Bozochovic was apprehended in the course of distributing heroin to another person and 48 heroin packets were recovered from him at that time.

Bozochovic was arrested on February 9, 2017 and brought before United States Magistrate Judge William Arbuckle, III where he was detained pending further proceedings.

"Stolen guns are quickly sold into the black market as a tool-of-the-trade for criminals who use them in violent acts. ATF will use our resources to protect the public by identifying and arresting thieves who divert guns into the hands of criminals, which then fuels violence in our communities," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Sam Rabadi.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or stolen firearms is encouraged to call 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867).

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 30 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine. Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

PSP Montoursville's initial report released earlier this month did not name the suspect involved in the Muncy burglary - http://www.northcentralpa.com/fire-and-crime/muncy-area-business-burglar...

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