Manchester Man, Justin McInnes Sentenced to 144 Months for Drug Trafficking and Firearms Crimes
CONCORD (STL.News) Justin McInnes, 32, of Manchester, was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison on Tuesday for unlawful possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 6, 2018, Manchester police officers approached McInnes as he was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that had just backed out of a parking spot. As officers approached, McInnes accelerated toward the officers causing at least one to jump out of the way. Officers fired at the vehicle and, once the vehicle came to a stop, officers arrested McInnes. During a search incident to his arrest, officers found suspected cocaine and crack cocaine on McInnes’ person.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found three firearms, counterfeit money, and materials for manufacturing counterfeit money. Multiple cellular telephones were also seized that contained text messages related to drug distribution.
McInnes is legally prohibited from possessing firearms by virtue of prior felony convictions in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2018.