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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 14, 2021
James P. Kennedy, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Buffalo Man for Being a Felon-in-Possession of a Firearm

BUFFALO, N.Y. ā€” U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Kaylen Edwards, 23, of Buffalo, NY, with being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. The charge carries carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan E. Leydecker, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, on November 7, 2020, Cheektowaga Police Officers responded to Pinehurst Avenue, where a limousine bus party was being let out, following a report of disorderly persons. According to the complaint, earlier that day, the defendant was identified on social media flashing a black and silver handgun and wearing a distinct black and red jacket inside the limousine bus. A member of law enforcement sent a photo of the social media post to responding officers.

While on Pinehurst Avenue, officers observed Edwards getting into the front passenger seat of a vehicle with Georgia license plates and leave the area. The officers then observed the vehicle in violation of multiple vehicle and traffic infractions and conducted a traffic stop. The officers observed a marijuana cigar end in the center console area and immediately detected the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Officers identified Edwards as the passenger. The defendant was detained. During a pat frisk, an officer felt and observed a handgun in Edwardsā€™ side waist band. The handgun was loaded with a magazine containing seven .45 caliber rounds and one .45 caliber round in the chamber. In November 2017, the defendant was convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in New York State Court, and as a result of that conviction, he is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Sliwinski, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

New York Field Division