A Salem County man made his initial appearance on a charge of illegally possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.
According to U.S. Attorney Sellinger, Jabbar Pierce, 41, of Penns Grove, is charged by complaint with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Nov. 9, 2021, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence in Penns Grove based on probable cause that Pierce, a six-time convicted felon, had committed firearms and drugs crimes and that evidence of those crimes would be at the residence.
While executing the warrant, officers encountered Pierce, who told officers that anything illegal in the residence belonged to him. Pierce also told officers that they would find a firearm behind a couch and drugs in a cabinet.
Upon searching the residence, officers recovered from behind the couch a .40 caliber rifle and detached a 24-round magazine containing 14 rounds of ammunition.
Officers also recovered suspected controlled substances and drug packaging from a kitchen cabinet.