New York Field Division

120 Members and Associates of Two Rival Street Gangs in the Bronx Charged in Federal Court with Racketeering, Narcotics, and Firearms Offenses

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William J. Bratton, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), Angel M. Melendez, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), James J. Hunt, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and  Delano Reid, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S.

Rochester Father, Two Sons Arrested and Charged with Drug Trafficking; Large Quantities of Drugs and Weapons Seized

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Blake Rivera, 31, of Greece, NY, his brother Chayanne Rivera, 25, of Gates, NY, and their father, Victor Rivera, 51, of Rochester, NY, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and 100 grams of heroin, and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. The charges carry a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10,000,000 fine.

Leader of Bronx Narcotics Organization Sentenced to Life for Murder

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ADONY NINA, the leader of a drug trafficking organization (the "Organization") that operated in the Bronx, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for running the Organization and murdering Aisha Morales in June 2011. NINA was convicted after an October 2013 trial of one count of conspiring to distribute heroin and crack cocaine and one count of discharging a firearm in relation to a narcotics conspiracy.

Leon Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison on Perjury Convictions

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Edward A. Leon, 43, of St. Johnsville, New York, was sentenced today to be imprisoned for the statutory maximum of 10 years, based upon his trial conviction on two counts of making false declarations before a federal grand jury, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Delano A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New York Field Division. Senior U.S. District Judge Gary L.

Troy Felon Sentenced to 18 Months for Firearm Possession

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – William J. Richardson, age 41, of Troy, New York, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon and possessing an unregistered firearm.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Delano A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New York Field Division.

U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also sentenced Richardson to 3 years of supervised release, to be served following Richardson’s release from prison.

Fugitive Captured After Shootout with U.S. Marshals and New York City Detectives Convicted of Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Related Firearms Offenses

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Late this afternoon, following four days of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned a guilty verdict against Oswald Lewis, on charges of assault of federal agents and New York City Detectives by use of a deadly weapon and related firearms offenses. Lewis, also known as “Alexander Louis,” “Junior,” “Andrew Jackson,” “Andre Bernard Jackson,” “John Green,” “Leslie Howard” and “Dre,” faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment when sentenced on June 23, 2016, by United States District Judge I. Leo Glasser.

Fugitive Captured after Shootout with U. S. Marshals and New York City Detectives Convicted of Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Related Firearms Offenses

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Late this afternoon, following four days of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned a guilty verdict against Oswald Lewis, on charges of assault of federal agents and New York City Detectives by use of a deadly weapon and related firearms offenses. Lewis, also known as "Alexander Louis," "Junior," "Andrew Jackson," "Andre Bernard Jackson," "John Green," "Leslie Howard" and "Dre," faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment when sentenced on June 23, 2016, by United States District Judge I. Leo Glasser.

Rounds Crew Gang Member Sentenced for Racketeering Conspiracy Involving Murder

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BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Demario Stewart, 27, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of racketeering conspiracy involving murder and drug dealing, was sentenced to 216 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The defendant is a member of the “Rounds Crew” led by Johnny Rounds.

Schenectady Man Indicted for Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Edwin Ferrer, age 42, of Schenectady, New York, was arraigned today on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and six rounds of ammunition. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Delano A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New York Field Division.

The indictment alleges that on December 18, 2015, Ferrer possessed a Smith & Wesson Model 41, .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, with a defaced serial number, and six rounds of ammunition.

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.‐‐ U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Ronald Dodd, 32, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possession and brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The charges carry a combined mandatory minimum penalty of seven years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $1,250,000 or both.

Amstederam Man Admits to Unlawfully Possessing Guns and Distributing Heroin

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Shawn Taft, age 46, of Amsterdam, New York, pled guilty today to being a felon in possession of five firearms and to distributing heroin.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Two Men Convicted of Rico, Gun and Drug Charges Following Jury Trial; Third Man Convicted of Marijuana Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y.‐U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Thamud Eldridge, 42, aka Damu, Galen Rose, 42, and Kevin Allen, 35, aka Killer Kev, all of Buffalo, NY were convicted of multiple RICO, drug and gun charges following a seven week jury trial before U.S.District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Nassau Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing Firearms

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Cory M. Saddlemire, age 35, of Nassau, New York, pled guilty today to being a felon in possession of firearms, and to possessing firearms while subject to a protective order.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge Delano Reid of the New York Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

Saddlemire was charged by indictment on November 5, 2015 with having unlawfully possessed, in his home, a Rossi shotgun, model S201220, and a .22 caliber Marlin rifle. 

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Pleads Guilty

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Eric Sears, 48, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, Sears conspired with other Schuele Boys associates and gang members including Michael Robertson to distribute cocaine in the City of Buffalo.

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms and Heroin Possession Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that Timothy C. Fitzpatrick, 39, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm and ammunition while being a previously convicted felon. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. 

Seventeen Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Narcotics-Related Offenses, Including the Distribution of Cocaine, Marijuana, and Oxycodone

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration New York Division ("DEA"), and Delano A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"), announced today the unsealing of an Indictment in Manhattan federal court charging 17 individuals with narcotics-related offenses.

Two Syracuse Men Charged In Gunstore Thefts

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Andrew Grady, 21, and Leron Ross, 24, both of Syracuse, New York, were charged today in federal court in a criminal complaint alleging they were members of conspiracy to steal firearms from Intimidator Sports in Nedrow, New York, a licensed federal firearms dealer. The complaint also alleges that both defendants aided and abetted in the commission of a break-in and the theft of firearms at this location on November 20, 2014, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Andre Wise, 37, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, Wise conspired with other Schuele Boys associates and gang members to distribute marijuana in the City of Buffalo.

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Ricky Lee Pyzikiewicz, 28, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine or both.

New York State Court Officer Arrested for Robbery Conspiracy

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Earlier today, Nicholas Giovatto, a New York State Court Officer, who had been assigned to the Bronx County Supreme Court, was arrested and charged with robbery conspiracy and related firearm charges by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Police Impersonation Investigation Unit.1 The defendant’s initial appearance is scheduled this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke, at the United States Courthouse, 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, New York.

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