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Felon caught with firearms gets 2 years in prison

A North Tonawanda man who was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm will spend the next two years in prison.

Abimael Mercado, 36, was sentenced Thursday by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, said Mercado was arrested on May 11, 2016, during a police raid on his home. Law enforcement officers found a shotgun and 11 shells in Mercado's bedroom. Mercado was previously convicted of a federal drug felony, and prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

The case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

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