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Niagara Falls man sentenced on gun charges

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jerry Brown, 63, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, was sentenced to 101 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that on January 12, 2012, law enforcement officers observed the defendant and co-defendant, Guy Lightfoot, conduct a suspicious transaction outside of 1953 Falls Street in Niagara Falls, NY. Brown, who was in his vehicle when officers approached, attempted to flee which led to a car chase. When officers located the defendant’s vehicle, it was vacant. A search of the vehicle uncovered four rounds of 9mm ammunition and a quantity of cocaine and heroin. Officers then searched the surrounding area and located a 9mm, semi-automatic handgun, bearing a defaced serial number, on a roof top in close proximity to the vehicle.  The defendant was located and arrested. The serial number on the firearm was restored using magnetic particle and chemical techniques. Investigation determined it was stolen from a private residence in Niagara Falls.

Guy Lightfoot was previously convicted and sentenced.

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief Bryan DalPorto, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in Charge Kevin Kelly.