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Hell's Angel to forfeit gun in plea deal

Union Leader Correspondent

February 21. 2018 8:46PM

Timothy D. Raxter 

LACONIA – Nearly a year after the Attorney General’s Office filed a petition to lay claim to $6,472 seized as the alleged profits of illicit drug sales, a judge is poised to approve the final forfeiture order.

Timothy D. Raxter, 53, has failed to respond to the forfeiture request, and as a result a default order was entered against him in April. A hearing scheduled for Tuesday in Belknap County Superior Court was cancelled after the state filed a proposed final decree that awaits a judge’s signature.

The investigation began with a reported domestic assault of a woman on Church Street. The victim told police Raxter was a member of the Hells Angels and that she’d seen him carry a black handgun that he’d stash behind the seat of his truck. She also told police she’d seen him carry sums of money and drugs in a Crown Royal bag in his 2006 GMC pickup, according to police.

Laconia police issued a statewide alert for police to be on the lookout for Raxter, who was then only wanted for domestic assault and criminal mischief.

Raxter, who at the time was living at 65 Fillmore Ave., turned himself in when he learned he was wanted. He was informed by police he must surrender any weapons because of the domestic order of protection against him, but he denied owning a gun.

Police asked for permission to search Raxter’s truck, which had been located parked on Jefferson Street, but he refused. After obtaining a search warrant, police said they found a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol in the cab, along with the cash, plus 13.5 grams of what field-tested positive as methamphetamine.

In March 2017, Raxter was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm — in 1999 he was convicted of felony drug possession in Belknap County — and possessing 10.18 grams of meth with intent to distribute. He was released from custody after posting $10,000 cash bail.

In June 2017, Belknap County dismissed state charges against Raxter after he was indicted by a federal grand jury. The federal indictments mirrored the dismissed state charges.

Raxter pled guilty in November and is awaiting sentencing. The drug charge is potentially punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million. The maximum penalty for the firearms charge is up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. on March 30.

As part of his federal plea agreement, Raxter has consented to forfeiting the pistol, the ammunition it contained and five shotgun shells seized during the search of his truck.

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