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South Buffalo native will lead upstate Homeland Security investigators

A South Buffalo native whose father was a decorated Buffalo Police lieutenant has been named the new special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in Western New York.

Kevin Kelly, a 29-year veteran of federal law enforcement, supervises a group of agents responsible for investigative work across 48 counties in central, western and northern New York State. The agents, who work under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, are assigned to protect national security and enforce immigration and customs laws. They investigate drug smuggling, illegal exporting munitions and high-tech items, money laundering, financial crimes, transnational gangs, human smuggling and trafficking, intellectual property rights, and crimes against children, including child sex tourism and child pornography.

“I can think of no higher honor than to serve my community in this new capacity,” Kelly said.  “I’m privileged to work alongside such a skilled group of special agents and support staff, and I look forward to leveraging the great resources of HSI to contribute to the community.”

Kelly said he is especially honored to work in the same community where his late father, Lt. John Kelly, was a decorated officer who served for 32 years with the Buffalo Police Department.

Kevin Kelly previously served as a deputy special agent in charge of the Buffalo and Newark, N.J., Homeland Security Investigations offices.

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