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Friday, January 12, 2018

Syracuse Man Pleads Guilty to Gun and Drug Offenses

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Calvin Weaver, age 27, of Syracuse, pled guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number, and simple possession of cocaine.

 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), New York Field Division, and Frank Fowler, Chief of the Syracuse Police Department.

 

Weaver pled guilty to all three charges following a decision by Chief U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby denying Weaver’s motion to suppress evidence found on the day of his initial arrest.  In particular, Judge Suddaby found that both the stop of Mr. Weaver and the subsequent frisk of his person, which revealed that Mr. Weaver was carrying both a gun and plastic bags of cocaine, were lawful and available for use as evidence against him had the case proceeded to trial. 

 

At sentencing on May 18, 2018, Weaver faces up to 10 years in prison on the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and up to 5 years in prison on the charge of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Mr. Weaver also faces a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years on those two charges. On the possession cocaine charge, the defendant faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 1 year, a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 1 year, and a $100,000 fine.

 

This case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Syracuse Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Levine.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
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Updated January 12, 2018