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North Tonawanda man gets 37 months in prison over cocaine charges

A North Tonawanda man convicted of dealing cocaine in Niagara and northern Erie counties has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to 37 months in prison.

William Hutchins, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and maliciously destroying a vehicle by means of a fire as part of his plea deal.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said Hutchins conspired with others in 2009 to sell cocaine and later set fire to a vehicle that was used for drug trafficking.

His sentence was the result of an investigation by the FBI, Niagara County Drug Task Force and Niagara Falls and Amherst police.