Buffalo Man Sentenced On Drug And Gun Charges
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Antoine Edwards, 42, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 66 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga, who handled the case, stated that on July 9, 2016, Buffalo Police Officers responded to a shots fired call in Buffalo. A female caller reported that a male fired a gun into the air and then fled. When officers arrived at the scene, the caller identified the shooter as the defendant and gave the officers his address, and a description of his vehicle, as well as a physical description. The woman stated that she and Edwards were arguing when he fired shots in the air.
Later that night, officers saw the defendant’s car and performed an investigative stop. As they approached the vehicle, officers saw three open liquor bottles in the center console, a cup and a black Taser box. Officers asked the defendant if he had any weapons in the car and the defendant responded that he had a Taser. Edwards was removed from the car and the Taser was taken away.
A drawstring bag on the driver’s seat contained a loaded gun, powder cocaine, and a scale containing white residue.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division, and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood.