Raleigh Man, Tauheed Rochelle Sentenced for Firearm Offense After Reoffending on State Probation
NEW BERN, N.C (STL.News) Tauheed Rochelle of Raleigh was sentenced today to 58 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. On December 21, 2020, Rochelle pled guilty to the charge. At the time of his arrest, Rochelle was on state probation for two felony drug offenses.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 5, 2019, Raleigh Police Department officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Tamarino Drive in Raleigh—a location where multiple recent breaking and entering crimes had been reported. As the officers approached, they recognized the car as a Dodge Charger belonging to Rochelle, who they were familiar with from prior encounters. As the officers walked to the car, they smelled marijuana and saw Rochelle throw marijuana from the driver’s side window. Officers instructed Rochelle to place his hands on the steering wheel and noticed a large bag of marijuana at the Defendant’s feet, as well as marijuana crumbs on his lap. When asked whether there was a gun in the car, Rochelle responded, “I don’t know.”
Officers searched the car.