08 February 2023
Major Eugene J. Staniszewski
Troop A Commander


On February 7, 2023, NYSP Special Investigation Unit (SIU) out of Buffalo arrested Nathan A. Shea, 31 of Chicopee, MA, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th (A Misdemeanor).

On February 7, 2023, NYSP Special Investigation Unit (SIU) out of Buffalo and Troopers out of SP Niagara responded to the Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, NY for a subject illegally possessing a ghost gun reported by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Investigation determined that Shea was in possession of a polymer 80 – 9mm Ghost Gun, with no serial number or identifying features. Shea stated that he has a pistol permit in the State of Massachusetts, but the ghost gun is not registered due the fact that it was a homemade pistol. Shea was processed at SP Niagara without incident and was released on an appearance, to appear before the City of Niagara Falls Court later in February 2023. 

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers continue to ensure our communities stay safe by remaining vigilant while working with our state and local law enforcement partners to keep illegal firearms like this one out of our country,” said Rose Brophy, Buffalo Director of Field Operations.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office assisted in this investigation.

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