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Six indicted in Buffalo-Denver marijuana distribution ring

Six Buffalo residents have been indicted in a Buffalo-Denver marijuana distribution ring, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

A grand jury handed up an 8-count indictment charging Dashawn Abrams, 26, Damarcus Hennings, 24, Shaquata Hennings, 29, Arthur Clark, 27, Shahana Beaver, 23, and Janice Humphrey, 26, with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and, with the exception of Clark and Humphrey, conspiracy to launder money.

Damarcus Hennings and Beaver were also charged with related use and possession of firearms.

Between April and September of this year, the defendants conspired to ship, receive, and distribute more than 100 packages containing marijuana between Denver and Buffalo, Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel said.

Colorado voters approved the sale of marijuana for recreational use in 2012 and the law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

The Buffalo defendants are accused of conspiring to send the cash proceeds from selling the marijuana to the supplier in Denver.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said.