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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Buffalo Man On Felon In Possession Charge

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Denzel Robinson, a/k/a Sparks, 26, of Buffalo, NY, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Adler and Charles E. Watkins, Jr., who are handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, on April 28, 2020, the Buffalo Police Department executed a search warrant at the defendant’s Sun Street residence. During the search, investigators recovered quantities of suspected cocaine and marijuana; a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition; 9mm caliber ammunition; and 12 gauge ammunition.

In April 2018, Robinson was convicted of Bail Jumping in the Second Degree in Erie County Court. As a result, the defendant is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of commissioner Byron Lockwood; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated September 3, 2020