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Former Buffalo cocaine dealer sent to prison for 10 years

Anthony Avery, 47, a former Buffalo cocaine trafficker, was ordered Wednesday to serve a 10-year federal prison term by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny on his guilty plea to money laundering and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said that from early 2010 through June 2011 Avery brought up to 15 kilograms of cocaine into the Buffalo area from sources in Ohio and Michigan. His arrest and conviction were the result of a combined investigation by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Buffalo Police, The Erie County Sheriff’s Department and the Erie County District Attorney’s office, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr.