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Buffalo man sentenced on gun charge

STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Brandon Dell, 27, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, was sentenced to 72 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a fine of $250,000. 
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy C. Lynch and Patricia Astorga, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was arrested on February 11, 2014, after he sold a quantity of cocaine to an individual working with the Drug Enforcement Administration. After the sake was complete, DEA agents followed Dell to his girlfriend’s residence on Newfield Street in Lackawanna.
During a search of the residence, agents and Lackawanna Police officers recovered 633 grams of cocaine; 24 grams of marijuana; approximately $22,225 in United States currency; two digital scales; a money counter; three firearms; ammunition; and two ballistic vests. In addition, agents seized gold and silver valued at approximately $12,000.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, and the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Michel.