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Los Angeles man sentenced for shipping meth to Buffalo

A Los Angeles man convicted on drug charges and charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering was sentenced Tuesday to 180 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Between July 2012 and Jan. 18, 2013, Steven Bennett conspired with others to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more than 500 grams of cocaine, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Bennett, 47, had the illegal narcotics shipped to Buffalo, where they would be distributed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

A co-defendant, Jessica Lopez, 37, of Buffalo, a former bank teller, was sentenced Tuesday to six months of home detention following her conviction on charges of structuring transactions to evade money reporting requirements, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Between July and October 2012, Lopez, while working at a Bank of America branch, knowingly structured cash deposits from drug proceeds in an attempt to avoid the bank’s transaction reporting requirements for cash deposits exceeding $10,000, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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