Cape Cod College Police Dispatcher facing 10 years for buying a Glock

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BOSTON – A former Campus Police Dispatcher for Cape Cod Community College Police pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Boston in connection with making false statements in order to purchase two firearms which can only be purchased by law enforcement officers.

Justin F. Watson, 36, of Mashpee, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements during the purchase of firearms and one count of making false statements in a record. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for Aug. 1, 2022. Watson was indicted along with girlfriend and co-defendant Angel Ecker in July 2019. Ecker has pleaded not guilty.

From March 2018 to February 2019, Watson was an Institutional Security Officer/Campus Police Dispatcher with the Cape Cod Community College Police. As such, Watson neither carried a weapon nor had the power to make arrests on campus.

Watson ordered a Glock pistol to be delivered to a firearms dealer on Cape Cod. On Aug. 26, 2018, Watson went to the firearms dealer to pick up the Glock, Model 22, GEN4, .40 caliber pistol. Before receiving the firearm, Watson provided his Cape Cod Community College identification card, which listed him as “Campus Police” and “Faculty/Staff,” to the manager and completed a Public Safety Purchase Form identifying himself as an Institutional Security Officer.

Watson called another firearms dealer and spoke with the store’s operator, who informed him that only law enforcement officers with the power to conduct arrests could purchase Glock Model 26 firearms. Watson said he was a police officer with authority to make arrests. On Nov. 17, 2018, Watson went to the firearms dealer with Ecker and spoke with a sales manager. Ecker allegedly told the sales manager that she was Watson’s boss and that Watson had authority to make arrests. Watson identified himself as a police officer to the sales manager and then purchased a Glock, Model 26, GEN4, 9mm pistol for $425. Watson completed a required ATF Form and affirmed that he was the actual buyer of the firearm. The form warned that, “If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.”

During the sale, Watson provided his Cape Cod Community College identification card and completed a certification letter indicating that he was purchasing the firearm for “on or off duty use” and not “for resale.” Watson also completed another certification form and listed himself as “Campus Police.”

It is further alleged that Watson then transferred the Glock Model 26 to Ecker on Dec. 19, 2018.

During an interview with law enforcement, Watson acknowledged that he used his Cape Cod Community College identification card when he purchased both Glock firearms. He stated he used that ID because he did not think he could purchase the firearms without it. He also acknowledged that if the firearms dealers had understood that he was not a police officer with arrest powers, they would not have sold him the firearms. Watson further stated that he knew that Ecker, a civilian, could not purchase a Glock Model 26 herself and that he purchased the firearm for her.

Straw purchases interfere with firearm regulation and recordkeeping, and federal law makes it a crime to knowingly make false statements to a firearms dealer in connection with the lawfulness of the sale.

The charge of making false statements during the purchase of firearms provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of making false statements in a record provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division made the announcement. The Cape Cod Community College Campus Police, Barnstable Police Department and Mashpee Police Department provided assistance with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eugenia M. Carris, Deputy Chief of Rollins’ Public Corruption Unit and Philip C. Cheng of Rollins’ Organized Crime & Gang Unit are prosecuting the case.
 

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The lead sentence in one of the articles:

BOSTON – A former Campus Police Dispatcher for Cape Cod Community College Police pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Boston in connection with making false statements in order to purchase two firearms which can only be purchased by law enforcement officers.

That sentence illustrates just how little people writing about guns actually know about gun laws.

FFLs can only sell "on-roster" firearms.
Private sales do not have any such burden/restriction.
 
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If he would have kept his mouth shut and not blabbed about his crimes to the officers interviewing him he’d probably get away with loss of license and a slap on the wrist. But he incriminated himself so he’s going to get railroaded.

Get a lawyer folks. Doesn’t matter what or why you were arrested, even if you are the most innocent person on the planet. Shut up and don’t talk.
 
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The “crime” was not buying the Glock. The whole who is but a Glock part of the story is silly. The crime he is accused of is a straw buy/false statement.

I bet if you do not talk that whole stay purchase where it is transferred it after is impossible to prove because unless you talk it is impossible to prove what your intent was when you bought the firearm was

But also 100% if he was one of the real cops who purposely purchase Glocks to resell for profit it would not have been charged (going by how common it is)
 
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The lead sentence in one of the articles:

BOSTON – A former Campus Police Dispatcher for Cape Cod Community College Police pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Boston in connection with making false statements in order to purchase two firearms which can only be purchased by law enforcement officers.

That sentence illustrates just how little people writing about guns actually know about gun laws.

FFLs can only sell "on-roster" firearms.
Private sales do not have any such burden/restriction.
If you read the text from Rollins and the other hacks they just went by what was written.

 

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He lost this motion to suppress back in 2020. It looks like this guy was Mirandized and then blabbered incessantly without counsel. If he'd have just clammed up and gotten himself a lawyer, who knows how this would have turned out? The straw purchase claim is puzzling to me because they don't mention the girlfriend supplying the funds for the purchase, and he transferred it to her a few weeks later, indicating that she had an LTC. Just because he didn't intend to keep it for himself doesn't make it a straw purchase! And the restriction for law enforcement officers is state, not federal.
 

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At $425, he also got the LE discount model, so there could have been a fraud angle in there, too, if he really was not a qualifying officer.
 

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Imagine getting pinched for this.



Lol love the misleading title, the causative thing is not "purchasing police guns" but rather sucking for some kind of a straw purchase admission.

Not sure how this guy was "caught" but it pretty much sounds like he talked himself directly into an indictment.
 

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Lol love the misleading title, the causative thing is not "purchasing police guns" but rather sucking for some kind of a straw purchase admission.

Not sure how this guy was "caught" but it pretty much sounds like he talked himself directly into an indictment.
Click bait semi-intended, but let’s face it, there’s a lot to unpack in the article beyond the strawman indictment.
 

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If Broccoli was the Judge he would go for the Death sentence for buying a For-tay !
 

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He didn't feel like paying $800 for it and took his chances lying to an FFL. Now he pays the price. I bet he's wishing he just paid the overprice
 

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He didn't feel like paying $800 for it and took his chances lying to an FFL. Now he pays the price. I bet he's wishing he just paid the overprice

He didnt have to pay 800 bucks for it that's why he's even more retarded. [rofl]

ETA: the trigger event here that made this news instead of irrelevant is he later transferred the gun to the broad. Her money was probably used to buy it to begin with. (this is a core part of a straw purchase prosecution, money flow) Had that back end of the deal not happened, not much would have likely happened.
 

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My favorite part…

“Straw purchases interfere with firearm regulation and recordkeeping, and federal law makes it a crime to knowingly make false statements to a firearms dealer in connection with the lawfulness of the sale.”

But the government is totally not keeping a database…

“As such, FOPA makes it illegal for the national government or any state in the country to keep any database or registry that ties firearms directly to their owner.”
 
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