New York City Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing Ammunition as a Felon

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Stephon Williams, age 38, of Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty today to possessing ammunition as a previously convicted felon. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman, Matthew Scarpino, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Buffalo Field Office, and Timothy Walker, Port Director-Alexandria Bay Port of Entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Williams was previously convicted of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a Class C felony in the State of New York.  As part of his plea today, Williams admitted that on September 24, 2021, a vehicle he was driving was stopped and searched by Agents of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) near Alexandria Bay, New York.  During the search, Williams was found in possession of a Glock-style, 9mm semi-automatic pistol, with no serial number, also known as a “ghost gun.”  At the time the pistol was located by CBP agents, the pistol contained a 30-round high-capacity magazine with 25 rounds of ammunition.  During the search of the vehicle Williams had been driving, agents also recovered over 19 grams of cocaine from a passenger in the vehicle, and approximately 5 grams of cocaine in Williams’s pocket. Approximately 100.2 grams of marijuana was recovered from the rear driver’s side seat of the vehicle.

At sentencing, currently scheduled for August 11, 2022, Williams faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a 3-year term of post-release supervision, and a fine of up to $250,000.00. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

The case was investigated by the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian LaRochelle as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.