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A Buffalo man was sentenced to 46 months in prison following his conviction on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Buffalo Police entered the Virginia Street home of Jose Dejesus, 35, on Nov. 10, 2016, and seized from a rear bedroom 16 envelopes containing heroin, …

Two Buffalo drug dealers face a maximum of life sentences after being convicted by a federal jury Wednesday on drug and weapons charges. Isiah Pierce, 34, and Larry Willis, 32, both were found guilty of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute, maintaining a drug involved premises, possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking activities, and being fe…

A Buffalo man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison following his conviction on drug conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court. Carlos Laboy, 45, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga, who handled the case, said that between February 20…

A Buffalo man faces between 6 and 15 years in state prison after pleading guilty to selling to an undercover police officer. D'Andre Gaston, 33, pleaded guilty Thursday before Erie County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk to one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the Third Degree and one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the Fifth Degree.…

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Jessica Falco has never done anything like this in her life. There will be a gathering at 1 p.m. Thursday on Dunkirk's pier, followed by a walk to City Hall, where Falco will stand before the men and women in the crowd and explain why she asked them to come together. For years, she was frightened of speaking in front of groups. But she is calling the event "Not one more…

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Two Buffalo drug dealers pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling fentanyl. Marcellus Hutcherson, 25, of Weston Street sold the drug to undercover officers four times between Feb. 1 and Feb. 16, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Hutcherson pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to three counts of criminal sale of a contr…

A Buffalo man was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for dealing heroin from his home, officials said. Eric Mitchell, 25, was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision, by Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. In May, Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal possession of a cont…

A street level drug dealer pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Authorities said Raymond DeJesus, 24, of Buffalo was part of a heroin trafficking ring operated by Daniel Molina-Rios. The group brought heroin from the New York City area to sell in Buffalo and al…

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Jessica Falco stopped using heroin on June 25, 2014. The third anniversary of that decision will be later this month, but she cannot allow herself any early celebration. They teach you in 12-step programs to go day by day, to break life into small segments that begin with each new dawn. Falco sat in her Dunkirk home last week, her infant son in her arms. She said she ha…

Niagara Falls Police arrested 13 people Wednesday in six raids across the city in response to a series of complaints police have received regarding drug activity and nuisance crimes, authorities said. "Most of the arrests were heroin-related, (and) some were for crack cocaine," said Niagara Falls Police Superintendent E. Bryan DalPorto. Two of the arrests were made a…

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Buffalo man on fentanyl and heroin charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Shawn Woods, 25,  was arraigned Thursday on the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Schroeder. Woods was charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl, furanyl fentanuyl, and heroin. The o…

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A Cheektowaga man was arrested Friday following two raids led by the Erie County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit resulting in the seizure of about 8 ounces of heroin. Eddie Fields, 45, of William Street was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony intent to sell narcotics, said Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, during a news conference at the Sh…

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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 Tues…

Two members of a West Side Buffalo street gang were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms following their convictions on distributing heroin. Raul Ramirez Vargas, 43, of Buffalo, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a kilogram or more of heroin, was sentenced to 130 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Sk…

A Buffalo man was sentenced Wednesday in Erie County Court to six years in prison for selling heroin. Joell Brown pleaded guilty in September to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, but his sentencing was adjourned to allow him time to recover from a gunshot wound, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. Authorities said that on two…