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SIX CHARGED IN FIREARMS TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY

APRIL 4, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - Five individuals from New Hampshire and Vermont, and one man from Massachusetts, were charged today in U.S. District Court in Boston, with conspiring to make false statements during the purchase of firearms.

JASON POTTER, 25, of Groveton, NH; JONATHAN WHITE, 36, of Stratham, NH; ANN MARIE REDFERN, 42 of Groveton, NH; TIMOTHY HAYCOCK, 29, of Groveton, NH; CHASTITY HAYCOCK, 32, of Groveton, NH; and CHRISTOPHER LAVIGNE, 25, of Guilhall, VT were charged in separate indictments with conspiring to make false and fictitious written statements to federally licensed firearms dealers in New Hampshire and Vermont during the purchase of firearms.

The indictments allege that from 2009 to June 2010 the defendants conspired to conduct straw purchases on behalf of a person prohibited by law from acquiring and possessing firearms who then distributed such firearms to others in the District of Massachusetts.

If convicted of these charges each defendant faces up to five years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

In a separate case, MARK PETERS, 33, of Oaks Bluff, Mass., was charged with making false and fictitious written statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer in Massachusetts during the purchase of a firearm.

If convicted of these charges PETERS faces up to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Guy N. Thomas Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Boston Field Division; Colonel Marian McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Commissioner Edward Davis of the Boston Police Department; Chief Tony Bettencourt of the Edgartown Police Department; and Colonel Robert L. Quinn of the New Hampshire State Police made the announcement today. The cases are being prosecuted in Ortiz’s Strike Force Unit.

The details contained in the indictments are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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