ATF

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2004
WWW.USDOJ.GOV
AG

(202) 514-2007

TDD (202) 514-1888

STATEMENT
OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT:

"The
men and women of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives,
who worked this case for over 17 months, were instrumental in bringing
the charges and indictments against these individuals, most of whom
could face life in prison if convicted.

Investigating
and prosecuting violent crime is a high priority for the Department
of Justice. When we prosecute violent gun and drug crimes, we take serious
offenders off the street and help provide safer neighborhoods for our
communities. I thank the ATF and the U.S. Attorney's office for the
Eastern District of New York for their hard work and coordination on
this case, as well as the state and local law enforcement who assisted."



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