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A Williamsville couple convicted of filing a false tax return and receiving and delivering misbranded drugs were each sentenced Monday to one year of probation by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Shaheen Hassanali, 45, convicted of filing a false tax return, was ordered to pay restitution totaling $248,606 to the IRS, the U…

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A man who sold crack cocaine from an apartment he rented in a Lackawanna housing project was sentenced Tuesday to 151 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Jeffrey Graham, 32, who had a premises in the Gates Housing Project, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to dist…

Crime

A Lackawanna man was sentenced Thursday to 165 months in prison on his conviction of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. James R. Duncan, 52, was arrested in 2015 after Lackawanna Police raided his Roland Avenue residence, where officers seized methamphetamine, cocaine, hydrocodone and about $50,000 in U…

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A drug dealer who was caught with a loaded pistol during a police raid on his Niagara Falls home in November was sentenced Thursday to 5 years in prison by a federal judge. Julius Hall, Jr., 32, was sentenced on his conviction of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. According to prosecutors, Hall was arrested while officer executed a search war…

Crime

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 tha…