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Man faces additional federal charges

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A 59-year-old man who has been in jail since August 2012 for possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and a gun is now facing separate charges.

A federal grand jury indicted Peter Joseph Raphael on charges of possession and intent to distribute methamphetamine, use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, felon in possession of a firearm, and ammunition with forfeiture notice.

Raphael, who was driving a black 2006 Scion, was pulled over for speeding on Mai Mai Road on Aug. 8, 2012.

When police conducted a search of his vehicle, they discovered the firearm, a Smith & Wesson .9mm semi-automatic handgun loaded with live rounds of ammunition. One police officer observed a black leather-type bag.

Inside the bag were small Ziploc-type baggies containing suspected crystal methamphetamine, other illegal drug paraphernalia, and currency worth $3,912.17, court documents state.

Raphael was earlier charged in Superior Court with possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card and possession of a concealed firearm, both as third-degree felonies.

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