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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Edwin Colon, 28, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and failure to appear after pre-trial release before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Franz W. Wright, who is handling the case, stated that on March 19, 2018, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Colon’s Hickory Street residence in Buffalo, recovering a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, multiple rounds of ammunition, and a quantity of cocaine. Colon was subsequently indicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Following his arraignment, Colon was released on conditions, with orders to return to federal court on April 16 and May 7, 2019. However, Colon failed to appear as required, and an arrest warrant was issued. Colon was arrested on the warrant in October 2019.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff John Garcia, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Jeremy Bell.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 8, 2023, before Judge Sinatra.
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