Ivan Morales, a 48-year-old Buffalo resident, has been sentenced to a decade in prison following his conviction for cocaine distribution and illegal firearms possession. U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra Jr. handed down the 120-month sentence, as announced by Attorney Trini E. Ross. Morales had previously been found guilty of possessing over 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of firearms.
The case, managed by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Louis A. Testani and Casey Chalbeck, unraveled on October 13, 2022, when law enforcement officers conducted a search at Morales’s Ideal Street residence. They discovered suspected marijuana, a digital scale, and cash. A further search at an associated apartment on Shanley Street led to the seizure of around 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, MDMA pills, eight firearms, ammunition, and $25,000 in cash.
This sentence culminates an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Buffalo Police Department. Morales, who has multiple prior felony convictions dating back to 1998, is legally barred from possessing firearms. His extensive criminal history and the recent convictions have led to this significant sentencing.
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