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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE:  (716) 843-5817
FAX #:                 (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Rai Johnson, 35, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was previously convicted of a felony violation of the Clean Air Act relating to the Kensington Towers matter. On December 23, 2014, Johnson possessed firearms, namely, one Mossberg, Model 500A, 12 gauge shotgun and one Brazilian, CBC, .22 caliber rifle. In addition, the defendant had multiple rounds of ammunition.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 17, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. Judge Arcara.

Updated May 6, 2015