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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

Monday, December 16, 2019

Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

            CONCORD - Justin McInnes, 30, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court to unlawfully possessing firearms, possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possessing drugs with the intent to distribute, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 6, 2018, officers from the Manchester Police Department arrested McInnes, who possessed 20 grams of cocaine, over 9 grams of crack cocaine, a Mossberg 12 Gauge Shotgun, a Taurus .380 caliber revolver, a Kel-Tec 9mm pistol, and counterfeit currency. McInnes is prohibited from possessing firearms as a result of prior felony convictions and possessed the drugs with the intent to distribute them.

            McInnes is scheduled to be sentenced on March 30, 2020.

            “Armed drug traffickers are a menace to everyone,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “In order to protect the people of New Hampshire from violent crime, we will be aggressive in our efforts to identify and prosecute drug traffickers and felons who unlawfully possess guns.  I am grateful to  the law enforcement officers in this case for bringing this defendant to justice.”

            “We are very pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Manchester Police Chief Carlo Capano.  “We are always looking out for the best interest of our community.  Justin McInnis placed our community and our officers in danger and we will not tolerate his violent behavior.” 

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



Drug Trafficking
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Updated December 16, 2019