New York Field Division

National Leader of “Trinitarios” Gang Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 19 Years in Prison

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that LEONIDES SIERRA, a/k/a “Junito” – the former national leader of the “Trinitarios,” a violent street and prison gang comprising primarily individuals of Dominican descent – was sentenced yesterday in Manhattan federal court to 19 years in prison for his role as the leader of a massive, multi-year racketeering conspiracy. Sierra is currently serving 221/2 years to life in prison in New York State as a result of his 1989 conviction of intentional murder.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges 27 in the Fordham/Kingsbridge Neighborhoods of the Bronx, Including 20 Members and Associates of the Trinitarios Street Gang, with Narcotics and Firearms Offenses

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William J. Bratton, the Commissioner of the Police Department for the City of New York (“NYPD”), James J. Hunt, the Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), Thomas Cannon, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”), and James T. Hayes, Jr., the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the U.S.

17 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 17 members and associates of the Schuele Boys Gang, a group which operated in the Schuele Street area of the East Side of Buffalo, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine. The defendants are also charged with unlawful use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Three Individuals Charged with Stealing and Illegally Selling Guns

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Douglas Church, Zachary Smith, and Brianna Lowe, all of Elmira, N.Y., have been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to deal firearms without a license and possession of stolen firearms. In addition, defendants Church and Smith are charged with dealing firearms without a license. The conspiracy charge carries a penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Possession of stolen firearms and dealing firearms without a license carry a penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Jamestown man Sentenced on Drug Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Victor Anguiera, 31, of Celeron, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking activities, was sentenced to 180 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The defendant was also ordered to forfeit $100,000 in proceeds from drug trafficking activities.

Three Individuals Charged in Credit Card Fraud Scheme

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BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Ricky Butler, Catherine Jarrett and Randy Jarrett have been charged by Criminal Complaint with conspiracy to commit access device fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. In addition, Ricky Butler is charged with aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory two year consecutive sentence.

Jury Convicts Rochester Woman of Drug Trafficking and Rochester Man of Firearms Offenses

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has found Ashley Travis, 29, of Rochester, N.Y., guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and to maintain a drug involved premises, distribution of crack cocaine, possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and maintaining a drug involved premises. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000 or both.

Watertown Man Enters Guilty Plea to Firearms and Armed Robbery Charges

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RICHARD S. HARTUNIAN, United States Attorney, Northern District of New York announces that ROBERT A. WILLIAMS (22, of Watertown, NY) entered a guilty plea to the felony offenses of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).

Greece Woman Pleads Guilty to Supplying Guns Used in Christmas Eve Shooting

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Dawn Nguyen, 25, of Greece, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer, to knowingly making a false statement in connection with the purchase of firearms; selling and disposing of firearms to William Spengler, a known felon; and possession of firearms while being an unlawful user of marijuana.

New York City Police Officer And Customs And Border Protection Officer Plead Guilty To International Arms Trafficking

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Earlier today, Rex Maralit, a New York City Police Officer previously assigned to police headquarters in Manhattan, and his brother Wilfredo Maralit, a Customs and Border Protection Officer previously assigned to Los Angeles International Airport, pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to violating the Arms Export Control Act. The two men were charged in connection with their respective roles in the export of high-powered weapons from the United States to the Philippines, without a license from the U.S. State Department.

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K-9 Dolly started her training with the Puppies Behind Bars organization, where she was raised by inmates in a minimum-security federal prison in Connecticut. Dolly then completed her 16-weeks training program at the ATF National Canine Center in Front Royal, Va., to become an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC). Special Agent Canine Handler (SACH) Gerry O’Sullivan and K-9 Dolly started working together in 2009. Dolly can detect up to 19,000 explosive odor combinations.

Rochester Man Pleads to 1998 Murder

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Pablo Plaza, of Rochester, N.Y., 38, pleaded guilty to the commission of a murder while engaged in a drug trafficking conspiracy 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 $250,000.

Leader Of Violent Armed Robbery Crew Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 60 Years In Prison

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that LOUIS MCINTOSH, 32, was sentenced today to 60 years in prison by United States District Judge Sidney H. Stein in Manhattan federal court for his role in an armed robbery conspiracy.  MCINTOSH was convicted on August 22, 2013, after a nine-day trial before Judge Stein.

Three Charged in Connection With Armed Robbery In Town of Newburgh, New York

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Thomas J. Cannon, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), and Chief Michael Clancy of the Town of Newburgh Police Department announced the unsealing of an Indictment against three defendants in connection with the December 28, 2013, armed robbery of a store on State Route 32 in the Town of Newburgh, New York.

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Ronald Cleveland, a/k/a Pretty Tony, a/k/a P.T., a/k/a Success, a/k/a Cess, 44 of Rochester, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $8,000,000 or both.

Members Of Violent Trinitarios Gang Found Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court In Connection With Racketeering, Murder, Attempted Murder, And Narcotics Offenses

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that CARLOS URENA and LIMET VASQUEZ were both found guilty after trial of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, and a drug conspiracy involving marijuana, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and oxycodone.  As part of the racketeering conviction, the jury found, among other things, that URENA and VASQUEZ participated in a conspiracy to murder Ka’Shawn Phillips in Yonkers, New York, in 2005, and in a separate attempted murder in Manhattan, New York, in 2005.  URENA was also convicted of murder in aid

V-Not Gang Member Sentenced To Prison Term

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RICHARD S. HARTUNIAN, United States Attorney, Northern District of New York, announces the sentencing of HABAKKUK NICKENS, age 28, of Syracuse, NY, an admitted member of the V-NOT Gang. NICKENS previously pled guilty to an indictment which charged him and ten others with conspiring to exploit their membership in the V-NOT Gang to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity which included acts of murder, drug trafficking, and robbery. NICKENS was sentenced today to 240 months in prison.

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