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Troy Felon Receives 37 Months for Firearm and Drug Convictions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Frankie Rios, age 42, of Troy, New York, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and for possessing and intending to distribute cocaine and cocaine base.  United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), made the announcement. 

Rios, a convicted felon, pled guilty before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino, on January 6, 2023.  Rios admitted that he possessed a .25 caliber Mauser handgun with six rounds of ammunition on March 30, 2019.  The handgun was recovered from Rios by Troy Police Officers responding to a stabbing at a bar on 4th Street in Troy.  Rios also admitted that on February 17, 2021, he possessed more than 100 grams of cocaine and cocaine base (a/k/a crack cocaine) with intent to distribute those substances, in Troy.  Rios is required to forfeit the firearm and ammunition as part of his plea, and will serve a 3-year term of post-imprisonment supervised release following his term of imprisonment. 

ATF and the Troy Police Department investigated this case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin S. Clark prosecuted this case.

Updated June 12, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses