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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, February 13, 2017
James P. Kennedy, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Niagara Falls Man Indicted on Gun Charge

BUFFALO, N.Y.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned and indictment charging James Smith, 25, of Niagara Falls,
NY, with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, on February 25, 2016, New
York State Parole Officers and others conducted a search at Smith’s residence on Orleans Avenue in Niagara Falls. The defendant was under the supervision of New York State Parole
following a July 2010 federal conviction and an August 2014 Niagara County Conviction.

As officers entered, Smith attempted to go into the basement. The defendant was stopped and the basement was searched. Officers recovered a Colt, .32 caliber semi-automatic
handgun with a magazine loaded with two rounds of ammunition. As a result of his previous convictions, Smith is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.

The defendant will be arraigned at a later date before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ashan Benedict,
New York Field Division, the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief Bryan DalPorto, and New York State Parole.

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.

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