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A Canadian man who was convicted of conspiring with others to smuggle five kilograms of cocaine from the U.S. into Canada was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny. Parminder Sidhu, 43, of Brampton, Ont., who pleaded guilty to the charge in 2014, conspired with five other Canadians to export the drugs between 20…

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A Buffalo man who requested that an undercover officer posing online as a 15-year-old girl send him sexually explicit photographs of herself was sentenced Thursday to 87 months in prison following his conviction of attempted receipt of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Brett Schultz, 39, last March engaged in an online conversation with a perso…

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A Jamestown man faces 30 months in prison on his conviction of possession with intent to distribute an illegal narcotic known as "molly," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Barrett Johnson, 34, was sentenced Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., the U.S. Attorney's Office said. MDMA, known as “molly,” is a Scheduled I controlled substance, th…

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A Lockport man faces a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Sterling Jones, 24, was found in alleged possession of 295 videos and 11 images of child pornography that were allegedly found on his cellphone on March 31, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. …

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A certified public account from Cattaraugus County could spend up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to bank fraud and tax evasion, according to the U.S. Attorney's office In August 2012, Joseph Stevens, 53, of Olean was hired by a business owner to handle all of the bookkeeping responsibilities for his business, including paying…

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A Buffalo man who used other people's credit cards to defraud could face up to 30 years in prison when sentenced June 8, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Ricky Butler, 41, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. According to the U.…

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A Delevan man who was previously convicted on a criminal sexual act charge pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to receipt of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. John P. Cutler, 35, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years imprisonment, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Assistant U.S. Attorney …

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A man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to selling fentanyl to a confidential source working for federal agents, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Miguel Figueroa, 32, of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 10 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing butyryl fentanyl and furanyl fentanyl…

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A Buffalo man is headed to prison for more than five years because he refused to testify in a murder trial after initially providing key evidence to authorities. And the U.S. Attorney's Office hopes the sentence sends a message to other would-be witnesses. Jeffrey Mills, 47, had earlier been convicted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he reneged on a pledge…

A Lockport drug dealer has been sentenced to two years supervised release following her conviction on drug possession and distribution charges. Colette Arne, 67, was convicted in U.S. District Court of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of oxymorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.…

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A Delaware man  pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to the crime of interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Austin Campbell, 45, of Smyrna, Del., began communicating on a social networking application with an undercover agent, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Campbell was convinced that the agent was a 15-year-ol…

A Town of Tonawanda man faces a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a charge of possession of child pornography, according to the U.S Attorney's Office. Randy Rance, 56, also faces a $250,000 fine if convicted on the charge, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Rance, in December 2016, distributed child pornography to an undercover investigator, th…

A Niagara Falls man faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Antonio Carr, 24, is scheduled for sentencing on April 6 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Carr had the weapon on July 28 when Niagara County probation officers performed a home visit at his girl…

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…