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District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Rexburg Man Indicted for Unlawful Possession of Firearms

BOISE – Joshua Black, 34, of Rexburg, was indicted June 28, 2016, by a federal grand jury in Pocatello for unlawfully possessing firearms, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

The indictment alleges that on or about May 20, 2016, Black possessed a Taurus, 9mm caliber pistol and a Plumcrazy Firearms, 5.56 caliber rifle, as well as 82 rounds of 9mm caliber ammunition and 945 rounds of .223/5.56 caliber ammunition.  Black is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because he was previously convicted of the felony crime of unlawful manufacture of marijuana on January 23, 2012 in Clackamas County, Oregon.

The charge of unlawful possession of a firearm is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and up to three years of supervised release.  The government is seeking forfeiture of the firearms and ammunition involved in the offense.

The case was investigated by the Rexburg Police Department, the Madison County Prosecutor’s office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity.  It is not evidence.  A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case is being prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Eastern Idaho Partnership and the State of Idaho to bolster ongoing efforts to prosecute regional drug trafficking, gun and gang violence, internet based crimes against children, and other serious crimes with a federal nexus.  The Eastern Idaho Partnership is a collaboration of elected officials and law enforcement from 13 counties and 18 cities across eastern Idaho, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Correction and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Updated June 30, 2016