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Derby mother guilty in drug case

A former employee of a Buffalo medical office was convicted Wednesday on federal drug-trafficking charges.

A one-week trial before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara culminated in the jury's verdict against Jazmine Baretto, 33, on charges of cocaine possession and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, as well as five counts of using a telephone to facilitate drug deals.

Baretto, identified by authorities as the mother of four children, had been arrested in 2009 after an investigation into drug activities of the Tenth Street Gang on Buffalo's West Side. The Buffalo FBI Safe Streets Task Force and state police worked on the case.

Baretto lives in Derby but owned property on Buffalo's West Side and worked a clerical job at a Buffalo medical office while selling cocaine in the city, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi said.

No one else at the medical office was implicated in the probe, but in wiretapped conversations, Baretto made arrangements from her workplace for drug deals, Tripi said. He told jurors the drugs were sold on the West Side and in the city's Riverside section.

Defense attorney Gerald Walsh attacked the credibility of an admitted drug dealer who testified against Baretto during the trial.

Authorities said Baretto is the sister of Efrain Baretto, who still faces felony drug charges resulting from a February 2010 investigation of the Tenth Street Gang.


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