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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 25, 2018

Buffalo Man Sentenced On Gun And Drug Charges

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
PHONE:      (716) 843-5817
FAX #:         (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Terry Wilson, 39, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to serve 60 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that on June 26, 2017, the defendant was pulled over by Buffalo Police Officers after he was observed driving at a high rate of speed on Bailey Avenue. During the traffic stop, the defendant was found in possession of a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol which was loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition. After stopping the vehicle, officers recognized Wilson from previous contacts with him and knew that he did not have a valid driver’s license. The officers patted the defendant down and recovered nearly four grams of crack cocaine from his pockets.

In July 2012, Wilson was convicted in Erie County Court of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Previously, in June 2005, the defendant was convicted in Federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm. As a result of these convictions, Wilson is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.
           
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.

Updated May 29, 2018