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Buffalo woman sentenced to time served in heroin conspiracy

A Buffalo woman who was involved in an interstate heroin operation was sentenced Wednesday to time served on a conviction of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Jeannette Knightner, 35, last spring pleaded guilty   before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of public housing authority property. The charge carried a mandatory minimum penalty of one year in prison, with a maximum of 40 years, and a $2 million fine.

Knighnter in June 2014 made an agreement with Reginald Royal, Sr. to store heroin at her previous residence in Lackawanna, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case.

Royal then sold $100 worth of heroin to a confidential informant at his residence in the Baker Homes Public Housing Projects, Burgasser said. The heroin sold to the confidential informant was retrieved from the Knightner's residence, Burgasser said.

Later that month, at Royal's request, Knightner drove to Columbus, Ohio, and purchased 23.5 grams of heroin for $2,200 that she received from Royal. On the drive back to New York State,  Knightner and another person with whom she was traveling were pulled over by a Erie County Sheriff’s deputy near Angola, and the heroin Knightner purchased was discovered in a purse.

Royal also was convicted for his role in the drug operation and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

 

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