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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 o…

A Buffalo man has been indicted by a grand jury on federal drug and firearms charges. Mikel Lowe, 23, was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin, as well as possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. If convicted on the charges, Lowe, also known as L-O, could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison. Polic…

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An Erie, Pa., man will do time following his conviction on carjacking and firearms charges. Michael Gonzalez-Colon, 21, was sentenced Monday to 9 1/2 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Gonzalez-Colon was traveling with Dimas Colon-Cruz and Denis Cruz on July 20, 2015, from Erie, Pa., to Dunkirk on stolen all-terrain vehicles, according …

Erie County Sheriff's deputies retrieved a loaded handgun after a traffic stop Tuesday at South Park Avenue and Smith Street in Buffalo. After detecting the odor of marijuana and observing passengers with open alcoholic beverages, deputies conducted a search and seized a loaded .380 caliber handgun, which they determined had been stolen in 2015 from Clarence. The dri…