New York Field Division

Stephentown Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing a Firearm

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Joseph M. Jackson, age 36, of Stephentown, New York, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a 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.

Three Defendants Plead Guilty to Role in Major Heroin Ring with Links to Philadelphia

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Pedro Juan Rivera Reyes, 31, Jean Carlos Alvarez Dejesus, 29, both of Rochester, NY, and Edwin Montanez, 27, of the Bronx, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci to conspiracy to distribute heroin. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both.

Licensed Firearms Dealer from East Greenbush Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court for Illegally Trafficking Firearms with Obliterated Serial Numbers

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JONATHAN CUNEY, of East Greenbush, New York, was sentenced today in White Plains federal court to 37 months in prison for transporting and selling firearms with obliterated serial numbers while he was a licensed firearms dealer.  CUNEY pled guilty on June 1, 2015.  He was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti.

Court of Appeals Affirms Conviction in Gun Case that Led to the Death of a Police Officer and Firefighter

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U. S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the conviction and sentence of Dawn Nguyen. The defendant was convicted of knowingly making a false statement in connection with the purchase of firearms; selling and disposing of firearms to William Spengler, a known felon; and possession of firearms while being an unlawful user of marijuana, was sentenced to 96 months in prison.
 

Perry Housing Project Ringleader Pleads Guilty to Drug, Money Laundering and Firearm Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Tyshawn Bradley, 29, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine within 1000 feet of the Perry Housing Projects, conspiracy to commit money laundering and possession of an unregistered, sawed off rifle before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a minimum of 10 years supervised release and a $20,000,000 fine.
 

Cheko's Crew/7th Stree Gang Member and Associate Plead Guilty to RICO Conspiracy; Drug Supplier Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy

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Buffalo, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that three defendants who were part of or associated with the Cheko’s Crew/7th Street Gang, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
 

Cheko's Crew/7th Street Gang Members Plead Guilty to RICO, Admit Roles in Two Murders

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Buffalo, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jordan Hildalgo, 24, and Ritchie Juarbe, 25 both of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

“This case demonstrates that when it comes to murder – or indeed any gang activity – our Office will pursue relentlessly until every perpetrator is brought to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul.

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Sentenced on Drug Charge; Another Defendant Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Tywone Smothers, 36, of Buffalo, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, was sentenced to two years probation and four months home detention by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, Smothers conspired with Damario James and others to distribute marijuana in the City of Buffalo.

Jamaican Ecstasy Trafficker Sentenced on Drug Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Carlos McKenzie, a/k/a Charles Williams, a/k/a General, 37, of Jamaica, who was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 132 months in prison by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

 

48 Members and Associates of 2 Rival Bronx Street Gangs Charged in Federal Court with Racketeering Offenses, Including 3 Murders, Narcotics Trafficking, and Firearms Offenses

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Delano A. Reid, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ("ATF"), James J. Hunt, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA"), and William J.

Leader of “Trinitarios” Gang Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Years in Prison

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ANDY SOSA – the former leader of the "Trinitarios," a violent street and prison gang composed primarily of individuals of Dominican descent – was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 10 years in prison for his participation in a massive conspiracy to distribute narcotics and use and possess firearms. SOSA previously pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James L. Cott and was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin.

Three Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with December 2014 Fatal Shooting in Manhattan and Eleven Charged with Firearms and Drug Charges from Drug Trade between New York and Vermont

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Delano A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"), and William J. Bratton, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department ("NYPD"), announced charges against three individuals for the December 28, 2014, murder of Rashaun Nicholson, which occurred in Lower Manhattan.

Watertown Man Sentenced to 130 Months in Prison for Armed Robbery

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Robert A. Williams, 24, of Watertown, NY, was sentenced yesterday to serve 130 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store in Watertown, announced U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. On July 8, 2014 Williams pled guilty in U.S. District Court to using and carrying a sawed-off shotgun during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Leon Convicted of Perjury

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Today, a federal jury trial culminated in the conviction of Edward A. Leon, 43, of St. Johnsville, New York, of 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.

Rochester Woman Arrested on Gun Charge

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.‐U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Tatiana Starling, 19, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint in connection with her knowing and unlawful possession of a firearm which had been stolen from a residence at 1070 Lake Avenue in Rochester. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Jury Finds Rochester Man Guilty of Marijuana Possession and Possessing a Firearm

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury found Laverne Singletary, 49, of Rochester, NY, guilty of possessing marijuana and possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. The charges carry a maximum possible penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or both.

Member of Bronx Narcotics Organization Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 45 Years for Murder

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that CATHERINE MORALES, a member of a drug trafficking organization (the “Organization”) that operated in the Bronx, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for murdering Aisha Morales (no relation) in June 2011. MORALES pled guilty in February 2015 to one count of intentionally killing an individual while engaged in a narcotics conspiracy, before United States District Judge Richard J. Sullivan, who imposed yesterday’s sentence.

New York Man Sentenced to More Than 12 ½ Years for Illegally Possessing Cache of Machine Guns, Rifles, and Other Firearms

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANTONIO OLMEDA of New York, New York, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman to 151 months in prison. OLMEDA pled guilty on October 14, 2014, to all six counts charged in the Indictment against him: three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of various firearms, two counts of possessing unregistered machine guns, and one count of possessing an unregistered short-barreled shotgun.

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Sentenced to Drug Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Schuele Boys Gang associate Shawntorrian Travis, 36, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, was sentenced to two years probation by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, Travis sold marijuana to co-defendant Damario James for redistribution. 

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