Rhode Island man, 34, apprehended by federal authorities for selling ghost guns
Rhode Island man, 34, is caught making untraceable ‘GHOST’ guns and ‘using his MOTHER to smuggle them into the Dominican Republic where they sold for thousands of dollars’
- Robert Alcantara was taken into custody at his Providence, Rhode Island, home last Thursday for conspiring to traffic ghost guns
- He was charged in a Rhode Island court for conspiring to traffic ghost guns and making a false statement to law enforcement agents
- Federal agents raided the 34-year-old’s residence and confiscated 45 untraceable weapons that he had reportedly assembled
- Prosecutors allege that he and co-conspirators purchased gun parts between September 2019 and November 2021
- He allegedly sold or attempted to sell 100 firearms that were built with the parts that were purchased
- Text messages recovered by prosecutors revealed that he was planning to use his mother to traffic ghost guns to the Dominican Republic for other clients
Robert Alcantara (pictured) was apprehended at his Providence, Rhode Island, residence last Thursday for reportedly conspiring to traffic ghost guns and making false statements to law enforcement
A Rhode Island man has been arrested for allegedly making and selling untraceable ‘ghost guns’ – and using his own mother to smuggle them into the Dominican Republic for sale.
Robert Alcantara, 34, reportedly made at least 100 ghost guns – weapons made from individually purchased parts or kits without serial numbers, and then assembled at home. Purchases of kits or individual parts do not require a background check so can be bought without leaving any record.
Alcantara then transported the guns to the Dominican Republic via Miami, where he sold them for several thousand dollars, according to a Department of Justice statement.
On November 20, during a traffic stop in the Bronx, Alcantara was found with parts for 45 guns in his car, which he’d bought for $16,000 at a gun show in Morgantown, Pennsylvania.
When interviewed at the time, he claimed he had ‘never sold or transferred ownership of a firearm to any other individual and that he had never transported a firearm to the Dominican Republic.’
But investigators uncovered evidence that Alcantara had a deal with five co-conspirators to purchase parts for more than 100 ghost guns that were sold or attempted to be sold between September 2019 and November 2021.
On Thursday, he was taken into custody after Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents raided his Providence residence, where he was busted with 45 ghost guns that had been assembled in his makeshift factory.
Alcantara is charged with one conspiracy to traffic firearms and making false statements which can each carry a five year jail sentence.
A total of 45 untraceable guns were seized from Robert Alcantara’s home last Thursday
Two suitcases were transported to the Dominican Republic with a load of cash and ghost guns
Authorities found a makeshift gun factory setup at Robert Alcantara’s home in Rhode Island
Detectives recovered text messages from his cellphone which they say showed that Alcantara drove down to Philadelphia to drop off bullets in September and also bought $32,000 worth of ammunition in November.
He allegedly would charge $9,624 for assembling and delivering 15 Glocks, court records showed.
Additional text messages revealed that in July 2021, Alcantara reportedly told one of his co-conspirators that his mother would transport some of the ghost guns on a future trip from the United States to the Dominican Republic.
‘My mother is coming tomorrow. In case you wanted to send something,’ Alcantara wrote in Spanish.
Footage of a September 2019 video uploaded by Alcantara on YouTube shows him at a gun range firing one of the guns he allegedly put together.
‘We are here again to test my Glock 19,’ he said demonstrating the firearm. ‘Today we are going to test a very nice magazine, the ETS (Elite Tactical Systems) 40-round magazine … Very nice. Brand new.’
If found guilty, Robert Alcantara could serve five years in prison for conspiring to traffic ghost gun and another five for lying to the authorities
Prosectors allege that Alcantara had a deal with other co-conspirators to purchase gun parts and assemble ghost guns that were sold between September 2019 and November 2019
He claimed in a separate text that the ghost guns were ‘ready for exportation’ to the Caribbean island.
Authorities also found a photo in his mobile device that showed loads of cash and guns inside two suitcase that were picked up at a port in the Dominican Republic.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams credited the federal agents with shutting down the illegal gun pipeline.
‘Untraceable ‘ghost guns’ pose a serious threat to public safety,’ Williams said in a statement. ‘As alleged, the defendant agreed with others to buy the parts for these firearms, put them together at his home, and then unlawfully sold or attempted to sell over 100 of them … His deadly ghost gun business has been shut down.’