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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Roswell Felon Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

ALBUQUERQUE – Shane Mann, 30, of Roswell, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to violating the federal firearms laws by being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive arrested Mann in Feb. 2018, on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on Aug. 9, 2017, in Chaves County, N.M.  According to the complaint, law enforcement officers found multiple firearms and ammunition, and drug paraphernalia in Mann’s residence while executing a state search warrant.  Mann was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his prior felony convictions for shooting from a motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, and possession of a controlled substance.   

During today’s proceedings, Mann pled guilty to a felony information charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  In entering the guilty plea, Mann admitted that on Aug. 9, 2017, law enforcement officers found firearms and ammunition in his residence, including a loaded handgun that was under a pillow in the bed in which Mann was laying, during the execution of the warrant.   Mann acknowledged that he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his status as a convicted felon.

At sentencing, Mann faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison.  He remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Roswell Police Department and the HIDTA Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfred J. Perez of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

The HIDTA Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Roswell Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the Chaves County Sherriff’s Office.  The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program was created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.  HIDTA is a program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which provides assistance to federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States and seeks to reduce drug trafficking and production by facilitating coordinated law enforcement activities and information sharing.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated May 15, 2018