New York Field Division

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Edward Mighty, 38, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $20,250,000 or both.

Rochester Man Pleads To Drug Conspiracy Involving 1998 Murder

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Angelo Cruz, of Rochester, N.Y., 39, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine before U.S. District judge Frank P. Geraci. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years and a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.

“This case – like so many before it – demonstrates the success of using federal tools to combat violent gang activity,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “We will continue to be engaged in such investigations when appropriate situations arise.”

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 Tywone Smothers, 36, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling 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.

Rochester Man Charged with Firebombing Store

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BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Taj Williams, 30, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with causing or attempting to cause malicious damage or destruction, by means of fire or explosives, of a building used in interstate commerce. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.  

 

Buffalo Man Found Guilty of Murdering Girlfriend and Setting Fires for Insurance Benefits

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has returned a guilty verdict on all ten counts against Ronald Epps, 47, of Amherst, N.Y., The charges included wire fraud, mail fraud, arson, possession of Molotov Cocktails, maintaining a premises for drug trafficking, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 35 years in prison, a maximum of life, a $1,500,000 fine or both.

Buffalo Man Found Guilty of Murdering Girlfriend and Setting Fires for Insurance Benefits

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has returned a guilty verdict on all ten counts against Ronald Epps, 47, of Amherst, N.Y., The charges included wire fraud, mail fraud, arson, possession of Molotov Cocktails, maintaining a premises for drug trafficking, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 35 years in prison, a maximum of life, a $1,500,000 fine or both.

Guyanese Native Indicted on Cocaine Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today a federal grand jury has returned a two count indictment charging Khamraj Lall, of New Jersey, with possession with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine and importation of five kilograms or more of cocaine into the United States. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10,000,000 fine.

Schuele Boys Gang Drug Supplier Arrested at the Texas-Mexico Border

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Julio Contreras, 31, of McAllen, Texas, who was named in a 15 count superseding indictment involving the Schuele Boys Gang, has been arrested by federal law enforcement officers at the Anzalduas Port of Entry in Mission, Texas as he attempted to return to the United States from Mexico. The defendant is charged with racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Buffalo Man Indicted for Drug-Related Murder

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a three count indictment charging Taire Chaney, 23, of Buffalo, NY, with narcotics conspiracy, discharge of firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and discharge of firearm causing death in furtherance of drug trafficking. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $1,500,000 fine.

Three Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with June 18, 2015, Upper West Side Murder

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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 Division of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), and William J. Bratton, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced today the unsealing of charges against ZUBEARU BETTIS, STEPHEN ADAMS, and MICHAEL ADAMS.

Four Leaders and Members of the Schuele Boys Gang Charged For Their Involvement in 15 Years of Drug Trafficking and Violence Including Two Murders

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a 15 count superseding indictment charging four members of the Schuele Boys Gang with various murder, racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking and gun charges involving the shooting deaths of two individuals.

New York State Corrections Officer and 11 Additional Members and Associates of a Queens-Based Sect of the Bloods Gang Arrested on Narcotics Conspiracy Charges

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Earlier today, a total of 12 members and associates of the Bloods street gang located in Queens, New York, including Covel Duncan, a New York State Corrections Officer at Riker’s Island, were arrested on narcotics trafficking charges. The defendants’ initial appearances are scheduled this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge James Orenstein at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn.1

Two Schuele Boys Gang Associates Plead Guilty to Drug Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that two Schuele Boys Gang associates pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Benjamin Peoples, aka Beans, 26, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine which carries a penalty up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.  Shawntorrian Travis, 35, also of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana. That charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Twelve Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Narcotics Trafficking and Firearms Possession in Vermont and New York City

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Eugenia Cowles, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Delano A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), William J.

Niagara Falls Man Charged with Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a one-count indictment charging Ralik Hamilton, 40, of Niagara Falls, NY, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Man Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Veteran’s Day Armed Robbery of Diamond District Store

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that LEON FENNER pled guilty yesterday to the armed robbery of a store in the Diamond District of Manhattan on November 11, 2014.  FENNER pled guilty before United States District Judge William H. Pauley III. 

According to the allegations contained in court documents previously filed in federal court, and statements made in Court during the plea of FENNER:

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