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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Gregory Ramos a/k/a Prospect, 29, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted following a jury trial of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possessing a firearm by a person subject of a domestic violence order of protection, was sentenced to serve 101 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Ramos’s sentence was imposed to run consecutive to a previously imposed indeterminate sentence of 20 years to life that he received in New York State Court following his convictions for second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon for his role in the Anchor Bar shooting death of Freddie Dizon and for the strangulation of a former girlfriend.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joshua A. Violanti and Laura A. Higgins, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that Ramos was a member of the FEB Gang which has a history of drug trafficking, firearms possession and violent crime. On May 21, 2016, Buffalo Police received a complaint involving a domestic dispute on Fargo Avenue between a woman and the defendant. An investigation determined that Ramos assaulted the woman, causing abrasions and bruising, and threatened her life. At the time of the domestic assault, Buffalo Police were looking for the defendant in connection with the fatal shooting at the Anchor Bar Restaurant, which occurred the previous day.
On May 23, 2016, Niagara Falls Police Officers spotted defendant’s car on Pine Avenue and attempted to stop the vehicle. As officers approached, the defendant sped away. A high-speed chase ensued during which Ramos threw bags of cocaine and a gun from his car window. The cocaine struck the windshield of the officers’ car on Hyde Park Avenue, while the gun struck and shattered the rear window of another driver’s vehicle.
The chase, which involved multiple Niagara Falls Police vehicles, proceeded onto Grand Island, where a toll collector at the Grand Island Bridge reported that the defendant’s vehicle was traveling approximately 100 miles per hour as it went through the tollbooths. Once on Grand Island, Ramos abandoned his vehicle on Stony Point Road and fled into a wooded area. A few minutes later, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department received a call from an individual who identified himself as Gregory Ramos. The caller claimed his vehicle had been stolen in Niagara Falls by an unknown black male. The defendant Ramos was apprehended a short time later in a wooded area on the Island and taken into custody. At the time, Ramos was in possession of $3,640 in cash.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood; the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Acting Superintendent John Faso; and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard.
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