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Authorities investigating prostitution case in posh neighborhood turn up
loaded M-10

By Jennifer Mann
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 05, 2008 @ 09:13 AM
Last update Aug 05, 2008 @ 12:22 PM

QUINCY - A search for evidence in a prostitution investigation turned up a fully loaded machine gun in a home in one of Quincy's most upscale neighborhoods, police said.

Francis A. Petrucci, 54, of 44 Puritan Drive, was arraigned Monday in Quincy District Court on weapons charges and ordered held.

Petrucci, who was indicted in 1992 for allegedly running a prostitution ring disguised as an escort service, is the subject of a new investigation. The house on Puritan Drive was scheduled to be sold at public auction today.

On Friday morning, police and FBI agents arrived at the house with a search warrant.

In addition to uncovering items related to the "business," Police Capt. John Dougan said, authorities found a loaded M-10 machine gun with its serial number removed, a silencer and a full magazine of 9 mm ammunition.

Dougan said police do not believe Petrucci runs a prostitution business out of the house but were searching for evidence into the operation there.

"There were no prostitutes going in and out," he said. "(The Puritan Drive house) was believed to be strictly the dispatch center."

Dougan said the M-10 machine gun has been sent to federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for inspection.

"The M-10 machine gun is not something to be dealt lightly with," he said. "It's a weapon that's not for target practice. It's a weapon that can cause serious damage to somebody."

In 1992, Petrucci was charged with employing 30 prostitutes and office managers in a business called Passions Paradise Escort Service. Authorities said the business was actually a prostitution ring that operated in Braintree, Weymouth, Malden and East Boston.

Petrucci was charged with making money from prostitution and with failing to account for his employees' withholding taxes.

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I've shot one before. It's not like Ahhhhnold Shwarteneger in his movies doing it with one in each hand. If you try that, you end up shooting at the sky. You've got to hold on tight to that puppy even to get a shot on paper, never mind fully auto.
A guy in a low flying Cessna is more likely to take a bullet from that gun on full auto than the intended target.
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