PROVIDENCE – A Burrillville man has pleaded guilty to federal charges surrounding the discovery of more than 200 firearms at his home on Tarkiln Road last February.
Ronald Andruchuk, 38, reportedly told a judge that he was an unlawful user of controlled substances, including cocaine, when he purchased and possessed the weapons, and that he made false statements when purchasing the guns on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives forms
According to a release this week from the U.S. Department of Justice, during a routine review of multiple sales reports of firearms in the fall of 2018, ATF learned that Andruchuk purchased 169 firearms between July 2021 and November 2021. Agents began to investigate further to ensure that the purchaser was not involved in illegal firearms-trafficking activities. During that review, agents reportedly learned that Andruchuk had previous contact with Cranston Police Department, during which he admitted being a medical marijuana user. During later contact with the Cranston Police when he was arrested on controlled substance offenses, Andruchuk reportedly admitted to having a substance abuse problem.
Further investigation determined that in December 2021, two firearms, as well as drugs, and other items were located in the drop ceiling of a bathroom inside a Millbury, Mass. retail store shortly after Andruchuk vacated the restroom. Both firearms were traced to Andruchuk as the purchaser, who did not have a license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts.
The department noted that investigators also reviewed ATF Firearm Transaction Records that Andruchuk filled out on November 17, 2021 and December 11, 2021 when attempting to purchase firearms at two different gun stores in Rhode Island and discovered that he had falsely claimed that he was not “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.”
On February 24, 2022, Burrillville Police were called to Andruchuk’s home to investigate reports of shots fired. It was the ninth such complaint the department had reportedly received.
As police arrived, numerous gunshots could be heard – with some passing overhead of responding officers. Andruchuk was found to be wearing a bulletproof vest and was carrying four firearms and methamphetamine.
Burrillville police arrested him on a state arrest warrant for firing in a compact area at that time. At the same time, ATF agents executed a federal search warrant at Andruchuk’s home and seized more than 200 unsecured firearms from the residence, in addition to various controlled substances.
Andruchuk pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to two charges of making a false statement of material fact during a firearm purchase, and possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17, with his sentence to be determined by a federal district judge after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
According to a plea agreement filed with the court, Andruchuk will forfeit all of the 219 firearms seized by ATF and Burrillville police which included an AR-style privately-made firearm and a drilled lower receiver with functioning trigger assembly, in addition to assorted firearm magazines and accessories and approximately 25,390 rounds of assorted boxed and loose ammunition of various calibers. The forfeited firearms and ammunition will reportedly be destroyed.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United Sates Attorney Ronald Gendron.