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DA Vance and DOI Commissioner Peters announced the sentencing of Patricia Howard, a former Department of Correction Officer, to six years in state prison and five years’ post-release supervision for smuggling dangerous and other prison contraband into the Manhattan Detention Complex. On March 31, 2016, the defendant pleaded guilty to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree, and Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree. 

DA Vance announced the return of a 2nd century C.E. Buddhapada sculpture to Pakistan during a repatriation ceremony attended by the Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of Pakistan to the U.S., Rizwan Saeed Sheikh, and Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York, Angel M. Melendez. The Kushan Period artifact, which was stolen from an archeological site in the Swat Region of Pakistan in the 1980s, was recovered by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office during the investigation and prosecution of a criminal case involving the international smuggling and sale of stolen antiquities.

DA Vance and NYPD Commissioner Bratton  announced the indictment of 39 individuals in connection with a credit card fraud and larceny scheme that compromised the information of dozens of victims and resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in retail shopping fraud. The defendants are charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with crimes including Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, among other charges. Several of the defendants are also charged with related crimes in additional indictments filed in New York State Supreme Court. 

Authorities charged six people with selling as many as 82 firearms in just over a month in northern Manhattan, officials said on Monday...“These guns are not being brought here for show. They are being brought here to be shot,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said at a news conference Monday. “I don’t know of anything more dangerous than bringing firearms into our cities and our communities.”

New Yorkers with open warrants for minor crimes will get another chance to wipe their records clean, officials announced Monday. The April 30 event at the Grand Street Settlement is designed to help people from all five boroughs resolve outstanding warrants for low-level charges that include marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, public urination and littering. “By closing out these old, minor warrants we hope and believe that it’s a big step towards letting all New Yorkers participate fully in our communities,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who announced the event at a press conference with lawmakers, representatives from the Legal Aid Society and Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Tamiko Amaker.