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Taunton man arrested for allegedly illegally possessing and trafficking firearms

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BOSTON – A Taunton man was arrested today in connection with illegally possessing and trafficking firearms.

Jaylen Rose, 27, was indicted on one count of dealing in firearms without a license and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Following an initial appearance and arraignment today before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy in federal court in Worcester, Rose assented to detention.

According to the indictment unsealed today, from in or around Dec. 2020 until Feb. 5, 2021, Rose allegedly engaged in firearms dealing. It is also alleged that on Feb. 5, 2021, Rose possessed two pistols and over 40 rounds of ammunition. Rose does not possess a license to deal firearms and is prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior convictions.

The charge of dealing in firearms without a license provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Taunton Police Chief Edward James Walsh made the announcement today. Special assistance was provided by the U.S. Marshals Service for the District of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Mackenzie Duane of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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