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Niagara Falls man sentenced on gun, drug charges


BUFFALO -- Philip Vincent, 38, of Niagara Falls, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession of a weapon in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to 60 months by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brendan T. Cullinane and George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that on December 2, 2014, the U.S. Marshals Violent Felony Fugitive Task Force encountered the defendant at his residence in Niagara Falls while looking for a fugitive. Officers searched Vincent’s 20th Street residence and discovered a .38 caliber revolver along with marijuana plants and crack cocaine.

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; the U.S. Marshals Service, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina; and the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Superintendent Bryan DalPorto.