ALBANY – Three Schenectady men are among six people charged recently with federal gun-related counts as part of an intensified focus on gun crimes, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Of the three, two are from Schenectady and the third was arrested in Schenectady, officials said.
The six people were charged in separate cases over the past month, officials said.
The two Schenectady men were identified as Thomas Hendricks, 39, and Leonard Samuels, 38. The Schenectady arrest was identified as Duquan Mcleod, 31, of Rockingham, N.C.
Hendricks was charged federally July 1, accused of illegally possessing a firearm as a felon June 28 at his residence on Stanley Street. Police discovered it under a mattress after searching his residence with a warrant, according to allegations filed in court.
He admitted to investigators he was aware the pistol was under the mattress, that he knew he was prohibited from possessing it due to a a prior felony conviction and that he personally handled it when he recorded a view of himself holding it, a video he posted to his Facebook account, according to the federal complaint, though he contended it didn’t belong to him.
His case is being investigated by the Schenectady Police department and the ATF.
Samuels was indicted June 29 after his April arrest, accused of unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon. He is accused of possessing the gun April 8 during a search of a Foster Avenue residence. The case is being investigated by the FBI.
Mcleod was also indicted June 29 on a charge of unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon. He is accused of possessing the firearm as police responded to a report of a fight on Union Street. Officers saw him leaning against a parked vehicle, approached him and then saw he was holding what appeared to be a gun in his hand, according to the complaint filed in the case. He dropped the gun on command, according to the complaint. He was arrested in March. Schenectady Police and the ATF investigated.
Prosecutors also highlighted charges against Justin Micheli, 33, of Schodack; Frankie Rios, 40, of Troy, and Mikal Smith, 27, of Albany.
Micheli was indicted on a charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possessing a firearm as a felon and possessing and intending to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, prosecutors said.
Rios was indicted on charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon, and possessing and intending to distribute cocaine and 28 grams of cocaine base, prosecutors said.
Smith was indicted on a charge of unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon, and possessing and intending to distribute cocaine, prosecutors said.