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Buffalo man facing time in federal prison for heroin conspiracy

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison on heroin conspiracy charges by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Wednesday.

Antonio Almonte, 57, was convicted of conspiring to possess and distribute more than a kilogram of heroin. He was arrested after the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped a truck and trailer in March 2012 and found 2.4 kilograms of heroin. Prosecutors said it was being shipped from Chicago to the Buffalo area.

A co-defendant, Luis Vazquez, 40, of Buffalo, was sentenced last month by Judge Arcara to 51 months in prison on the same charges.