☷Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Brandishing a Firearm During a Drug Deal
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Brandishing A Firearm During A Drug Deal CONTACT: Barbara BurnsPHONE: ( 716 ) 843 - 5817FAX #: ( 716 ) 551 - 3051BUFFALO , N . Y . - U . S . Attorney Trini E . Ross announced today that Charlie Yancey , 29 , of Buffalo , NY , pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking , before U . S . Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J . McCarthy . The charge carries a minimum penalty of 7 years and a maximum of life in prison . Assistant U . S . Attorney Jeremiah E . Lenihan , who is handling the case , stated that on July 28 , 2019 , Yancey met an individual in the parking lot of a convenience store on Main Street in Buffalo to purchase marijuana . Yancey got into the individual’s vehicle and attempted to pay for the marijuana with counterfeit money , which resulted in an argument . Yancey pulled out a 9mm semi - automatic pistol , with an obliterated serial number , and fired nine shots at the individual , causing non - life - threatening injuries . The firearm was later recovered by law enforcement and linked to spent shell casings recovered at the scene . This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces ( OCDETF ) operation . OCDETF identifies , disrupts , and dismantles the highest - level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor - led , intelligence - driven , multi - agency approach . Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www . justice . gov/OCDETF . The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation , under the direction of Special Agent - in - Charge Stephen Belongia , and the Buffalo Police Department , under the direction of Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia . Sentencing is scheduled for August 5 , 2022 , before U . S . District Judge Richard J . Arcara . # # # #
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