New York Field Division

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.

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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