New York Field Division

Rochester Man Sentenced on Drug Conspiracy and Money Laundering Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Albert L. Sturgis, 51, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of cocaine base, and one kilogram or more of heroin and money laundering, was sentenced to 130 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Final Defendant Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy and Gun Charge on Eve of Scheduled Trial

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Buffalo, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that 10th Street Gang member Tony Peebles, 27, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty to Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a $250,000 fine or both.

10th Street Gang Member Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy Involving a Murder; Five Others Also Plead Guilty to RICO Conspiracy

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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, N.Y., pleaded guilty to Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) before 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. Moscoso faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Five Charged With Marijuana Trafficking

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that Carlos White, 38, Jesica Leonard, 25, and Steve Fulcott, aka Tommy G, 21, all of Rochester, N.Y., and Andre McFarlane, 34, and Marlando Allen, 34, of Jamaica, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Defendants White, Leonard, and McFarlane were also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. White was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Troy Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

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TROY, NEW YORK – RICHARD S. ELY, age 27, of Troy, New York, was sentenced today to 63 months in prison by the Honorable Mae A. D’Agostino, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Joseph Anarumo, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Police Chief Steven Krokoff of the Albany Police Department. The sentence follows ELY’s February 18, 2013 guilty plea to illegally possessing a firearm.

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges as Jury Trial Was to Commence

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Wallace D. Peace, 39, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a fine of $8,000,000.

Leader and a Member of an International Ethnic-Albanian Organized Crime Syndicate Sentenced to 120 Months and 110 Months Respectively for Drug Trafficking

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Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Gjavit Thaqi, one of the leaders of an international drug trafficking syndicate run by ethnic Albanians located in the United States, Canada and Europe (the "syndicate"), and Robert Rudaj, a member of the syndicate, were sentenced to 120 months and 110 months, respectively.

Elma Man Indicted On Gun Charges And Making False Statements

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BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Bernard T. Grucza, 38, of Elma, N.Y., with making false statements during a firearm purchase, possession of a firearm by a person subject to as domestic violence order of protection and making false statements. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces the Indictment of Ross Ulbricht, the Creator and Owner of the “Silk Road” Website

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the indictment in Manhattan federal court of ROSS WILLIAM ULBRICHT, a/k/a “Dread Pirate Roberts,” a/k/a “DPR,” a/k/a “Silk Road,” in connection with his operation and ownership of Silk Road, a hidden website designed to enable its users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other unlawful goods and services anonymously and beyond the reach of law enforcement. ULBRICHT was arrested in San Francisco, California, on October 1, 2013, pursuant to a criminal Complaint filed in Manhattan federal court.

MDB Gang Member Pleads Guilty To Drug And Weapons Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jacob Rivera, a/k/a “JJ,” 20, of Rochester, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activities Before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. The drug charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, or both.

Mother of 7th Street Gang Member Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy

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Buffalo, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Carmen Geter, 41, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty to Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

“This case demonstrates both the reach of federal racketeering laws as well as our continuing commitment to root out all violent gang members and those who illegally support them,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul.

Cocaine Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Tremec Jeffries, 38, of Rochester, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $10,000,000 or both.

10th Street Gang Member Sentenced on RICO and Firearms Charges; Two Associates Plead Guilty to Drug Charges

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Buffalo, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Justin Augus, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to 228 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.   

Whitesboro Man Admits to Illegal Firearm Possession

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Kaylon Pruitt, 23, of Whitesboro, New York pled guilty in federal court in Syracuse today to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Pruitt admitted that he possessed a loaded 12 gauge Mossberg Shotgun on October 15, 2013 when a New York State Parole officer visiting another person approached the front door of the defendant’s residence in Whitesboro, New York. The defendant answered the door while holding the shotgun. Pruitt was previously convicted of Burglary In the Second Degree, in Orangeburg County, South Carolina in 2010.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Member of Bronx Narcotics Organization with Murder

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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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), and William J. Bratton, the Police Commissioner for the City of New York (“NYPD”), announced today the filing of a Superseding Indictment in Manhattan federal court charging CATHERINE MORALES, a member of a drug trafficking organization (the “Organization”) that operated in the Bronx, with narcotics trafficking, firearms use and possession, and murder.

Member of an International Ethnic-Albanian Organized Crime Syndicate Sentenced to 115 Months for Drug Trafficking and Attempting to Assassinate Criminal Associate Over Drug Debt

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Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Bajram Lajqi, a member of an international drug trafficking syndicate led by ethnic Albanians located in the United States, Canada, and Europe (the "syndicate"), was sentenced to 115 months in prison -- with credit for the 31 months he has already served -- following his June 27, 2013, guilty plea to trafficking hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Canada and using a firearm in connection with drug trafficking. As a part of the sentence, the court also imposed a term of supervised release of five years.

Rochester Gang Member Sentenced On Gun And Drug Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Anthony Kellum, a/k/a Nitti, 26, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a federal drug trafficking crime, was sentenced to 147 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. Kellum was also ordered to forfeit two firearms and rounds of ammunition seized during the investigation.

Buffalo Man Sentenced on Gun and Drug Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Tyrone Nance, 32, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted following a jury trial of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana, was sentenced to 36 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny. The defendant was also sentenced to another 18 months in prison for a violation of supervised release.

Wheatfield Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that Filippo Inglima, 47, of Wheatfield, N.Y., an Italian citizen, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute a thousand kilograms or more of marijuana and five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to 121 months in prison, by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The defendant will also forfeit $39,456,00 in United States currency, a rifle and ammunition, and a sport utility vehicle.

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