Greenland man indicted on weapons and drug charges
BRENTWOOD - A Greenland man who allegedly vowed to shoot before going back to jail and expressed support to the gunman who killed the town's police chief in April has been indicted on weapons and drug charges.
Joshua Nieves, 25, is facing five counts of being a felon in possession of weapons for firearms that included a 9 mm handgun and a modified version of one that was converted to a MAC-11, according to prosecutors.
Nieves, who has a 2004 robbery conviction, was apprehended Aug. 16 at the Gosling Meadows apartment complex in Portsmouth. His arrest came a day after Greenland police were tipped off about his alleged weapons collection.
A man arrested for theft by Newington police who was dating Nieves ex-girlfriend told investigators on Aug. 15 about seeing Nieves with a MAC-11 and a 9 mm handgun, according to court documents.
Nieves' felony conviction already barred him from owning weapons, but he also had a protective order filed against him in April, which ordered him to give up any weapons he possessed, police said.
Greenland police Chief Tara Laurent said in a sworn affidavit that Nieves had told a friend he would "shoot before going back to jail" and believed that Cullen Mutrie, the man who killed the town's police chief in April, "should have shot more officers."
Mutrie shot and killed Chief Michael Maloney while he and members of the Drug Task Force attempted to execute a search warrant at his home.
Nieves was also indicted on three counts of violating the controlled drug act for allegedly possessing Clonazepam, Lorazepam and marijuana at the time of his arrest on Aug. 16. Aside from firearms charges, Nieves also faces an additional felon in possession charge for having a blackjack on him when he was taken into custody. Nieves is being held at the Rockingham County jail on $100,000 bail. He will be arraigned later this month in Rockingham County Superior Court.