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REPUTED TOP DRUG DEALER GETS 16 MONTHS IN PRISON

A man once described by police as one of Buffalo's busiest drug dealers was sentenced to 16 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Tyrone Brown, 22, had pleaded guilty to a charge of selling an ounce of cocaine to an undercover Erie County sheriff's investigator in April 1989. He was arrested by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in September.

Brown had run a Genesee Street pizzeria and lived at 82 Barthel St. while also renting an $800-a-month apartment in East Amherst at the time of his arrest.

He also faces five years of supervised release from prison after he completes his sentence.

Brown was considered one of Buffalo's "most significant dealers" who at one time brought "five to 10 kilos" of cocaine into the city, according to a DEA official.

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