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Niagara Falls man sentenced on gun charge

STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- Julius Hall, Jr., 32, Niagara Falls, who was convicted of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that on November 10, 2016, during the execution of a search warrant at 303 38th Street, Apartment 2, in Niagara Falls, law enforcement officers found the defendant in the living room. A .40 caliber Glock pistol with a loaded 15-round magazine was found inside a zippered bag in the defendant’s bedroom closet. In addition, four plastic bags containing cocaine and crack cocaine were recovered from various locations within the apartment. One plastic bag containing green vegetable matter, two digital scales with white powder residue on the surface, and $578 in U.S. currency were also found within the apartment.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, and the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Superintendent Bryan DalPorto.