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Niagara Falls men sentenced for drugs

Shawn Mathews, 30, of Niagara Falls, has been sentenced to 66 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Mathews was convicted of possessing and distributing 90 grams of crack cocaine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony M. Bruce, who handled the case, said Mathews was arrested as part of an investigation of a Bloods gang operating in Niagara Falls.

In April 2008, special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as Niagara Police Department detectives, seized a small amount of crack cocaine and a .38-caliber pistol from Mathews’ apartment. Bruce also said Mathews sold a 9 mm rifle and a revolver to a law enforcement source. 

Mathews was one of 24 defendants arrested as part of a long-term investigation of many street gangs operating in Niagara Falls. To date, 20 of the defendants have been convicted.

In a related case, handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, Joshua Figueras, 26, of Niagara Falls, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 10 years supervised release by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Figueras was convicted of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities executed a search warrant in March 2009 at Figueras’s residence where they seized 231 grams of crack cocaine, 248 grams of powder cocaine, a .22 caliber rifle and assorted ammunition for several different types of firearms.