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Asbestos contractor pleads guilty to firearms possession

A local contractor convicted of taking part in a botched asbestos removal project in Buffalo is back in trouble with the law.

Rai Johnson, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said Johnson was discovered in possession of two firearms - a Mossberg shotgun and a Brazilian rifle - in December of last year.

Johnson, a former asbestos removal contractor, had previously pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Clean Air Act for his role in the bungled Kensington Heights project on Fillmore Avenue in 2009. 

His plea is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.