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A Buffalo man was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison on weapons and drug charges. Michael Billups, 38, also was sentenced to five years post-release supervision after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance in June, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. Narcotics officers from the Erie Co…

Amherst

An Amherst man faces a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in U.S. District Court. Rohan Chopra, 22,  pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, MDMA, also known as “Molly.” Two other men, Connor Dempsey and Joel Jacob, agreed to allow Chopra to store various controlled substances in an apar…

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A eighth member of a West Side Buffalo street gang was sentenced to prison Tuesday following his conviction on drug charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Oneil Quinones, 32, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine and was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. Quin…

A Buffalo man has been indicted by a grand jury on federal drug and firearms charges. Mikel Lowe, 23, was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin, as well as possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. If convicted on the charges, Lowe, also known as L-O, could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison. Poli…

A Buffalo man has been arrested on drug and firearms charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. James H. Carter, 31, was charged Wednesday in federal court with possession with intent to distribute over 40 grams of fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firear…

Six people were arrested when the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Sheriff’s Department SWAT team raided a residence on Alleghany Road, Town of Hanover, shortly before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Charged by authorities with third-degree and fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance and held in the …

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Two drug overdose deaths in two months in the City of Tonawanda and an additional seven calls to administer the antidote Narcan have caused concern for city officials. Police Chief William L. Strassburg said opioids are “a growing problem” in the city as heroin, laced with dangerous fentanyl derivatives, compounds the problem of prescription painkiller abuse. On…

A Springville man and Buffalo woman were arrested on drug charges overnight Wednesday following separate traffic stops by Erie County Sheriff's deputies. Austin Kopp, 22, of Springville was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor count of possession of a hypodermic instrument after he was stopped by deputies at 10:37 p.m. …

JAMESTOWN -- A man faces kidnapping, drug and weapons charges after he allegedly held a man at gunpoint earlier this month in his residence, according to authorities. Mark E. Diers Jr., 39, of Norwood Avenue, has been charged with kidnapping, menacing, criminally using drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment in connection with the alleged incident on March 12, acco…

A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine following his guilty plea Thursday to drug charges. Julio Cesar Sanchez, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine, officials said. In March 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency exe…

A Williamsville man who used family members as drug couriers to distribute cocaine was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 10 years supervised release following his conviction on drug charges. Jack Reid III, 49, also was ordered to forfeit $1 million and two properties in Williamsville and Amherst. Beginning in 1990 through April, 2012, Reid used members of his famil…

A Buffalo man on parole following a manslaughter conviction was arrested Monday on drug and weapons charges. Antwone K. Dean, 36,  of East Eagle Street was charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and butyryl fentanyl; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a conv…

A Franklinville woman was arrested Tuesday by Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies after she was found in possession of multiple hypodermic needles in the Town of Salamanca. Lynette M. Deer, 24, was charged with unlawful possession of a hypodermic instrument, processed and released on an appearance ticket, deputies said. Deer is due back in Town of Salamanca Court at a…