New York Field Division

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.

Rochester Man Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Freddy Quintana, 27, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, was sentenced to 108 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. Quintana was also ordered to forfeit $7,900.00 in United States currency and a 9mm pistol and rounds of ammunition.

Schenectady Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charge

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – JAMES A. WAGONER, 40, of Schenectady, New York, pled guilty to making a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm before United States District Court Judge Mae A. D’Agostino, on October 14, 2014, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and James S. Higgins, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Wagoner faces up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and supervised release of up to three years.

Buffalo Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

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Buffalo, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that Jerome C. Crosby, 58 of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 77 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. The defendant will also forfeit $58,328 in United States currency, proceeds of the narcotics trafficking.

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Rochester Man Charged in Armed Robbery of Jeweler

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Clarence Lambert, 22, was charged by criminal complaint with obstructing commerce by robbery, and possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The robbery charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The possession and brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence charge carries a minimum sentence of seven years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.

Fugitive Captured After Shootout with U.S. Marshals Indicted for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Related Firearms Offenses

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Earlier today, a five-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Brooklyn, New York, charging Oswald Lewis, also known as “Alexander Louis,” “Junior,” “Andrew Jackson,” “Andre Bernard Jackson,” “John Green,” “Leslie Howard” and “Dre,” with assault on a federal officer by use of a deadly weapon and related firearms offenses. Lewis was arrested on August 26, 2014, and has remained in custody since then. The case has been assigned to United States District Judge I. Leo Glasser.

ATF NRT Activated To Investigate Tonawanda Explosion

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NEW YORK – The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF special agents from the New York Field Division were activated Thursday to join the investigation of the fire and explosion at Praxair, Inc., 175 East Park Ave., in Tonawanda. The fire and subsequent explosion occurred early Thursday morning. The NRT is expected to arrive on scene late today.

REVISED: Syracuse Man Sentenced on Gun Charge

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Yesterday, Derrick Richards (42, of Syracuse, NY) was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment in U. S. District Court according to United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. In February, Richards pled guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, a felony under federal law. In addition to his term of incarceration, U.S. District Court Judge Glenn T. Suddaby ordered that Richards be placed on a 3 year term of federal supervised release.

17 Schuele Boys Gang Members and Associates Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has handed down an indictment charging 17 members and associates of the Schuele Boys Gang, a group which operated in the Schuele Street area of the East Side of Buffalo, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a fine of $10,000,000.

Elma Man Sentenced on Gun Charge

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BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Bernard T. Grucza, 38, of Elma, N.Y., who was convicted of possession of a firearm by a person subject to as domestic violence order of protection, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny. The defendant was also ordered to pay $223,000 in restitution to his former employer Toys R Us. 

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