Man sentenced to 8 years in prison on drug, weapons charges

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MANCHESTER, NH – Daniel Rogers, 31, of Manchester, was sentenced in federal court Nov. 14 to eight years in prison for firearms and narcotics offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, shortly after midnight on October 3, 2016, Manchester Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Rogers at the intersection of Granite Street and Commercial Street in downtown Manchester. Police determined that there were outstanding warrants for both Rogers and his passenger.  Both of them were arrested. Police subsequently obtained a warrant to search the vehicle, which resulted in the seizure of four firearms, including two rifles that were previously reported stolen, and a variety of controlled substances, including approximately 37 grams of fentanyl, 25 grams of crack cocaine, and 21 grams of powder cocaine. As a previously convicted felon, Rogers was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Rogers pleaded guilty on July 27, 2017, to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  He will serve three years of supervised release following his release from federal prison.     

“Drugs and guns are a deadly combination,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “Under the Project Safe Neighborhoods program, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is working with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those whose conduct jeopardizes the safety of our community.  The actions of the law enforcement officers here removed deadly drugs from the street and disarmed a convicted felon.  We will continue to work each day to protect the citizens of our state from the dangers of drug trafficking and gun violence.”

“ATF’s mission is to combat violent crime and this investigation resulted in meeting that standard,” said Mickey Leadingham Special Agent in Charge, ATF Boston Field Division.  “Today’s sentencing is another example of the importance of law enforcement partnerships and their effectiveness in protecting the citizens in our communities.”

This matter was investigated by the Manchester Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane Bullitt Kelbley.