New York Field Division

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges Involving Two Murders

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Buffalo, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Brandon Jonas, 29, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to two counts of discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 35 years in prison, a maximum of life, a $250,000 fine or both.      

Rochester Man Sentenced on Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today   that Roger Alexander, 42, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, was sentenced to 144 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Gun and Drug Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Willie R. Wynn, 49, 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 while being a previously convicted felon. The drug charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000 or both. The firearms charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both. 

Additional MS-13 Gang Member Indicted for Murder of 19 Year Old Man in Long Island

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Ealier today, a superseding indictment was unsealed charging the defendant, Milton Contreras, along with previously-charged co-defendants, Byron Lopez and Oscar Welman Espinoza-Merino, with conspiracy to commit murder in-aid-of racketeering, murder in-aid-of racketeering, obstruction-of-justice murder, and firearms offenses.1 If convicted, the defendant will face mandatory life imprisonment. Contreras, who was arrested this morning in Kansas City, Kansas, will be presented for arraignment later today at the United States Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.

Armed Drug Trafficker Sentenced on Drug, Firearms Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Luis Abril, 31, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and 100 grams or more of heroin, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. The defendant was also ordered to forfeit two handguns and numerous rounds of ammunition seized during the investigation. Assistant U.S.

Buffalo Man Sentenced on Drug and Gun Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that George Torres, 53, of Buffalo N.Y., who was convicted of unlawfully possessing with intent to distribute more than 200 grams of heroin and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to 168 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The court also ordered the forfeiture of $368,270.00 in drug proceeds and three firearms. Assistant U.S. Attorney George C.

7th Street Gang Member Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy; Admits Role in Murder of Rival Gang Member

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Uda Hidalgo, 31, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi, who is handling the case, stated that between 2000 and 2012, Hildalgo was a member of the Cheko’s Crew/7th Street Gang which was responsible for drug trafficking and violent crime on Buffalo’s West Side.

Nine Individuals Charged with Cocaine Trafficking

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Edward Mighty, Seymour Brown, Andre Taylor, Ricardo Bailey, Robert Wilson, Kenneth Harper, Desmond Bice, and Christopher, all of Rochester, NY, were charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base, use of a telephone to facilitate drug trafficking distribute marijuana.

Additional MS-13 Gang Member Indicted for Murder of 19-Year-Old Man in Long Island

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Yesterday, a superseding indictment was unsealed charging the defendant, Oscar Wellman Espinoza-Merino, along with a previously-charged co-defendant, Byron Lopez, with conspiracy to commit murder in-aid-of racketeering, murder in-aid-of racketeering, obstruction-of-justice murder, and firearms offenses.1 If convicted, the defendant will face mandatory life imprisonment. Espinoza-Merino, who was arrested yesterday morning, was presented for arraignment yesterday afternoon at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.

Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder Honor Fallen Senior Special Agent John Francis Capano and Former Chief John Curly with Medal of Valor

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At a ceremony earlier this week in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to several individuals, including fallen Senior Special Agent John Francis Capano, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and former Chief John Curly, Bellmore Fire Department, who exhibited exceptional courage in saving and protecting others and whose heroic actions were above and beyond the call of duty.

10th Street Associate Sentenced on Drug Charge

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BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Chazity Fluellen, 27, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of maintaining a drug involved premises, was sentenced to time served and two years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The judge also ordered the defendant to forfeit the residence at 23 10th Street in Buffalo and a Ford Explorer.

Second Man Arrested and Charged in Manhattan Federal Court for Daytime Armed Robbery of Diamond District Store

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James Higgins, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the 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 a complaint charging LEON FENNER for the armed robbery of a store in the Diamond District of Manhattan on November 11, 2014.

Felon Convicted of Illegally Possessing Handgun and Ammunition

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – A federal jury in Albany convicted VINCENT JACKSON, age 34, of Brooklyn and Albany, New York, today of illegally possessing a Diamondback DB-9 nine-millimeter pistol and 47 rounds of nine-millimeter ammunition after a four-day trial, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Acting Special Agent in Charge James S. Higgins of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Manhattan U. S. Attorney Announces Charges against Inside Man Arrested in Connection with Daytime Armed Robbery of Diamond District Store

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James Higgins, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and William J. Bratton, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced today the unsealing of a complaint charging RONDU FRISBY, a/k/a “Reef,” for his role in an armed robbery of a store in the Diamond District of Manhattan on November 11, 2014.

Leon and Duell Charged with Perjury in Schenectady Arson Homicide Case

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Edward A. Leon and Jennica Duell have been arrested and charged, in separate indictments, with making false declarations before a federal grand jury, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Acting Special Agent in Charge James S. Higgins of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

10th Street Gang Member Sentenced for Rico Conspiracy Involving a Murder

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Buffalo, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that 10th Street Gang member Miguel Moscoso, 23, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO), was sentenced to 30 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The defendant murdered Christian Portes, a member of the rival 7th Street Gang, on June 13, 2009 at the corner of Whitney Place and Maryland Street.

Gang Member and Robber Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 25 Years on Racketeering, Robbery, Narcotics and Firearms Charges

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that RUDY MENDOZA, 29, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 25 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy, robbery conspiracy, and firearms charges. MENDOZA was convicted after a nine-day trial in November 2013. The Honorable Colleen McMahon imposed today’s sentence.

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