Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Firearms

            CONCORD – Raheem Nigge Taylor, 28, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of firearms by a prohibited person, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 2, 2021, investigators obtained a search warrant for Taylor’s residence after social media posts revealed he may have been in possession of firearms.  The search revealed two firearms that matched the weapons Taylor displayed in photos on his social media account.  Officers also recovered multiple rounds of ammunition.  Taylor, who is prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions, admitted that the weapons belonged to him. 

            Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced on November 8, 2021.

            “In order to protect our community from violent crime, we must keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who possess firearms illegally so we can keep the Granite State safe.” 

            “With today’s guilty plea, convicted felon Raheem Nigge Taylor has taken responsibility for blatantly brandishing two firearms, along with multiple rounds of ammunition on social media when he was specifically prohibited from possessing them,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “Keeping firearms out of the hands of convicted felons is critical to keeping our communities safe, and the FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to do exactly that.”

            This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Manchester Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Rombeau.

            This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. 

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