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Convicted felon from Buffalo arrested and charged with illegally possessing firearms

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Titus Thompson, Jr., 33, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emmanuel O. Ulubiyo and Timothy C. Lynch, who are handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on May 18, 2018, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives and the Buffalo Police Department executed a search warrant at 89 Parkridge Avenue in Buffalo in the upper and lower apartments which are utilized by the defendant. During the search, agents recovered a .40 caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol in the upper apartment as well as several firearms in the lower apartment.

Thompson has two previous felony convictions. As a result, the defendant is legally prohibited from possessing firearms.

This arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation into the trafficking of firearms from the State of Ohio to Buffalo.

The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and 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 Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood.

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.