New York Field Division

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.

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.

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