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Five men plead guilty to criminal possession of a weapon

Five Buffalo men pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in five separate cases prosecuted recently by the Erie County District Attorney’s office.

• Michael Early, 30, of Ivy Street was arrested Aug. 12 after officer broke up a dice game on Dodge Street. A loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun was found in his pants pocket.

• Otis Williams, 28, of Olympic Avenue was arrested March 26 after police executed a search warrant at his home and found more than 2 ounces of fentanyl is a bedroom and a loaded pistol in the side pocket of a baby’s crib. In addition to the gun charge, he also pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Malik Wilson, 18, of East Amherst Street was the subject of a 911 call and was trying to discard his loaded Colt .38 revolver when he was arrested April 24. He reportedly told police he was carrying the gun because people had been shooting in the area earlier and he needed to protect himself.

• James Dargan Jr., 26, of Wyoming Street had been driven by a friend to Erie County Medical Center July 5, 2014, for treatment of two gunshot wounds when officers obtained a search warrant for the friend’s car. Dargan’s DNA was found on a revolver that was in the car, leading to his guilty plea. He refused to cooperate with the investigation into his own shooting, the DA’s office reports.

• Anthony Williams, 23, of Andover Avenue was a passenger in a car stopped for a traffic violation July 12, 2014. When asked why he was nervous, he reportedly told officers he had marijuana on him. It turned out he also was carrying a loaded .25 caliber handgun.

All the defendants face up to a maximum of 15 years in prison when they are sentenced.