New York Field Division

Two Women Indicted for Muder-for-Hire Plot

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Debra Arno, 56, formerly of Amherst, NY, and Lauren Frey, 55, of Kenmore, NY, with conspiracy to commit murder for hire. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Alsup, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a complaint filed earlier, Arno was going to pay Frye a total of $20,000 to murder Arno’s ex-husband, his current wife and their daughter.

Syracuse Man Sentenced for Drug and Gun Offenses

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – A man who previously had been found guilty in December 2014 by a federal jury of Possessing with the Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine; Possessing a Gun in Furtherance of his Drug Dealing; and being a Felon in Possession of a Gun, was sentenced to a term of incarceration in U. S. District Court in Syracuse. SHAEEM GRADY (A/K/A SHAHEEM GRADY), 29, of Syracuse, NY, was sentenced to 75 months incarceration, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $300 by Senior, U.S. District Judge Frederick J.

Man Convicted for Bronx Home Invasion Robbery of Quadriplegic and Others

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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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and William Bratton, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced today that RALPH NOLAN was found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to the attempted robbery following a one-week trial before United States District Judge George B. Daniels.

Defendant found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with 1994 Murder of 16 Year-Old Girl

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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, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York (“NYPD”), announced that JOHNNY CEDEÑO was found guilty Monday of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire, and murder in connection with a narcotics conspiracy for his role in the murder of a 16-year-old girl.  CEDEÑO was convicted after a six-day jury trial before U.S.

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 Demario Robbins, 24, of North Tonawanda, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that as an associate of the Schuele Boys Gang, the defendant purchased cocaine from co-defendant Michael Robertson. Robbins then repackaged the cocaine into smaller amounts for re-sale in the Buffalo area.

New York City Police Officer and Customs and Border Protection Officer sentenced to Three Years in Prison for International Arms Trafficking

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Former New York City Police Officer Rex Maralit and his brother Wilfredo Maralit, a Customs and Border Protection Officer assigned to Los Angeles International Airport, were sentenced earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn to three years’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for their roles in an illegal scheme to smuggle high-powered assault rifles, sniper rifles, pistols, and firearms accessories from the United States to the Philippines. The defendants pleaded guilty on June 12, 2014, before United States District Judge Allyne R.

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 Aaron Glenn, 42, of North Tonawanda, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that as an associate of the Schuele Boys Gang, the defendant purchased cocaine from co-defendant Michael Robertson. Glenn then repackaged the cocaine into smaller amounts for re-sale in the Buffalo area.

11 Defendants Indicted on Drug and Gun Charges in Schenectady

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Eleven defendants were arrested today on federal felony charges arising out of the sale of cocaine base (crack) and firearms in and around Schenectady, New York, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Andrew W. Vale, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid. The charges are set forth in nine indictments that were unsealed this afternoon in federal court in Albany.

10th Street Gang Member Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder, Racketeering and Narcotics Trafficking

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BUFFALO, N.Y. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jonathan Delgado, 26, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted following a seven week jury trial of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations conspiracy, was sentenced to life in prison plus five years by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Leader of Contraband Cigarettes Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 78 Months in Prison

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MOHAMMED ALAZZAM was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 78 months in prison, and to restitution in the amount of $36,195,000. ALAZZAM was sentenced for organizing and leading a conspiracy to distribute untaxed cigarettes in and around New York City and Westchester County, and bail jumping. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Loretta A. Preska, United States District Judge.

Man Sentenced for Possessing Numerous Unauthorized Access Devices to Obtain Merchandise

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BUFFALO, N.Y.–U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Luis Alcalar Vasquez, a/k/a Noberto DeRivas, a/k/a Abraham Rivas-Rios, 43, of Texas and Mexico, who was convicted of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, was sentenced to 72 months in prison and ordered to pay $77,577.90 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Seven Additional Schuele Boys Gang Members and Associates Charged with Drug Trafficking

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned three separate indictments charging seven additional members and associates of the Schuele Boys Gang, a group which operated in the Schuele Street area of the East Side of Buffalo. The charges, which include conspiracy to distribute and distribute crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana, carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $1,000,000.

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