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Man gets nearly six years for guns, drugs

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 13. 2017 11:59PM

CONCORD — A former Manchester man was sentenced Monday to almost six years in federal prison on firearms and drug charges.

James Diaz, 36, previously of Manchester, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Concord to 70 months in prison on firearms and narcotics charges, acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley said in a release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Diaz’s home in Manchester on Feb. 16, 2017, leading to the recovery of a previously stolen CZ 75, 9mm handgun. As a result of a prior felony conviction, Diaz is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.

Controlled substances, including approximately 18 grams of fentanyl and 100 grams of cocaine, valued at approximately $3,000, and unrelated ammunition were also seized from Diaz’s residence.

As part of his plea agreement, Diaz also admitted to possessing five other guns and assorted ammunition which were not in his apartment when the search warrant was executed, but were later turned over to law enforcement.

Diaz, who previously pleaded guilty on July 26, 2017, will serve three years of supervised release following his release from federal prison.

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