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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York
U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 25, 2024

Buffalo Man Going to Prison on Gun Conspiracy Charge Involving Machine Guns

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Angel Flores, 36, of Buffalo, New York, who was convicted of conspiracy to deal in the business of dealing firearms without a license, was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison by Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis A. Testani, who is handling the case, stated that on October 27, 2022, Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a parcel, sent from China, at the FedEx facility at the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tennessee. The parcel contained parts for several Machine Gun Conversion Devices (MCDs), which were concealed in a bag commingled among black plastic drawstring clips. The parcel, addressed to a residence on Sweet Avenue in Buffalo, New York, was seized and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. A subsequent investigation determined Flores resides at the Sweet Street address. On November 9, 2022, an investigator delivered the parcel, without the MCDs, to the front steps of the Sweet Avenue residence. A short time later, Flores took the parcel inside before exiting the residence, at which time he was taken into custody.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, New York Field Division.


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