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Niagara Falls Man Arrested On Gun Charge

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

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that James Smith, 24, of Niagara Falls, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on February 25, 2016, New York State Parole Officers and others conducted a search at Smith’s residence on Orleans Avenue in Niagara Falls. The defendant is under the supervision of New York State Parole following a July 2010 federal conviction and an August 2014 Niagara County Conviction.

 As officers entered, Smith attempted to go into the basement. The defendant was stopped and the basement was searched. Officers recovered a Colt, .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun with a magazine loaded with two rounds of ammunition. As a result of his previous convictions, Smith is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.     

The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroder. He is being detained. 

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Division, and  .

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.

Updated April 11, 2016