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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…

A Buffalo woman faces the possibly of a maximum 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges, the U.S. Attorneys Office reported. Damar Currie, 42,  pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Currie sold cocainey on three separate occasions between Dec. 10, 2014, and…

A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute the synthetic drug methylenedioxy methamphetamine, also known as "Molly." Barrett Johnson, 34, could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 8 by District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler said Johnson…

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A Buffalo man was sentenced Wednesday to 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Rashawn Dewer, 37, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Dewer participated in a conspiracy that transported…

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A Buffalo man faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and up to a maximum life sentence following his guilty plea to drug and weapons possession charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office Wednesday. Antwone K. Dean, 37,  pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking …

A Steuben County man convicted of making false statements to a federal agent after claiming he was the only person aboard a single-engine plane that crashed two years ago at the Perry-Warsaw Airport was sentenced to time served and a year of supervised release. Brian Woodhams, 40, of Wayland, held only a student pilot license when the crash occurred Oct. 31,  2015.   Un…

A Buffalo woman who obtained fraudulent prescriptions for controlled substances faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment when she is sentenced Feb. 21 by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. Jennifer Courton, 30, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl. According to…

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A Buffalo man and a Colorado man were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in a marijuana distribution case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Damarcus Hennings, 26, of Buffalo, was sentenced to 78 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, who also sentenced Dashawn Abrams, 27, of Denver, to 51 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office…

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A 28-year-old man from China admitted Tuesday he tried to smuggle live snakes through the U.S. postal service from Amherst to China. Chaoyi Le, of Shanghai, China, pleaded guilty to false labeling under the Lacey Act, which bans trafficking in illegal wildlife, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Le in April  2014 sent seven live ball pythons from Amherst to Sha…

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A home health care aide faces 30 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Friday to bank fraud in U.S. District Court after admitting she opened an unauthorized credit card account in the name of the elderly woman she was hired to care for and used it to fraudulently make thousands of dollars in purchases. In May 2015, Cassie Tillinghast, 32, of Buffalo was hired as an …

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A Jamestown man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison and 10 years supervised release following his conviction on charges of distributing child pornography According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Christopher Whitford, 46, on May 1, 2016, used a peer-to-peer file sharing program in which he shared files with an undercover law enforcement officer. On June 23, 2016, …