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A jury found a Buffalo man guilty Thursday of taking part in a Puerto Rico-to-Buffalo cocaine ring.

Ronald Mitchell, part of a drug gang that sold coke on Buffalo’s West Side in 2009, was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute coke, but the jury found that the amount was smaller than what he was accused of selling.

The case, handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel L. Violanti and Melissa M. Marangola, ends a four-year-long investigation of 24 defendants by the FBI-led Safe Streets Task Force.

Defense attorney Nathaniel L. Barone II said Mitchell was disappointed in the verdict but pleased that the jury determined the amount he sold was smaller, a factor that could alter his ultimate prison sentence.

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