Two handguns and 75 pounds of weed

Remember a year ago when 40 guns, including both handguns and rifles, were stolen from a vault in the basement of 9 Dublin Street in Lowell?

Police were back at that address today.

The two men arrested in connection with the gun theft are both in prison now, but today police served a search warrant on the second floor apartment in the home. They found about 75 pounds of marijuana, two handguns, and two children. They arrested four adults.

Detectives with the city’s Special Investigations Unit (aka Vice Unit) went to the home with a search warrant for the second floor about 9:30 a.m.

Four residents of the apartment, Mao Keo, 33; Phaly Chhoeun, 28; Samnang Seth, 34; and Sanith Siv, 35 were all being held Monday night on charges of trafficking marijuana, trafficking marijuana in a school zone, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Keo is additionally charged with use of a firearm while committing a felony, illegal possession of ammunition, improper storage of a firearm, and being a career criminal while armed.

The two children in the apartment were taken to a city hospital while the Department of Children and Families was contacted to care for them.

The city’s GIS system indicates that Stanley Sokolowski, 57, of Harvard, still owns the building. Sokolowski hasn’t lived in the building for over a year, but the guns that were stolen last year were his. He was storing them in a vault in the basement. Most of those guns have not been recovered.

Sokolowski is still awaiting trial on a charge of storing explosives, since police say he didn’t have the proper permit from the State Fire Marshall’s Office to store black powder, smokeless power, and primers they found in the home while investigating the theft.


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