This undated file photo provided by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office shows Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, Mass., who was shot to death Thursday, April 18, 2013, on the school campus in Cambridge, Mass. / AP
A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev was arrested Monday on charges of supplying a gun of the same model as the one that killed a police officer in the aftermath of the April 2013 blasts, according to court documents and news reports.
According to a 16-page indictment dated July 15, Stephen Silva, 21, of Cambridge, Mass., is charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin, aiding and abetting, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Silva also is ordered to forfeit any property obtained as a result of the alleged crimes, along with firearms and ammunition used in the alleged offenses, the indictment reads.
The indictment also mentions a Ruger that is of the same make and model that killed Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, who died April 18, 2013, on the Cambridge, Mass., campus after allegedly being shot by the two marathon bombing suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The brothers are believed to have set off the bombs at the finish line of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon, killing three people, including a little boy, and injuring 260. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a gun battle with police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, captured April 19 in Watertown, Mass., has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges.
According to the indictment, Silva knowingly received and possessed a Ruger model P95 9mm pistol which had the maker's and the distributor's serial number removed and altered and had been shipped and transported across state and international lines, in February 2013.
The heroin charges in the indictment are related to alleged actions that took place in June of this year and involved at least 100 grams of a substance that included heroin, according to the document.
Silva's court -ppointed lawyer, Jonathan Shapiro, told the Boston Globe he could not immediately comment on the developments because he was just assigned the case.
Collier's family could not immediately be reached.
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