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Salamanca woman faces long prison term for heroin trafficking

Amber Crouse, 32, of Salamanca, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford in Buffalo Wednesday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distributing 100 grams or more of heroin in the Buffalo area.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Crouse faces a mandatory prison term of up to 40 years and a fine of up to $5 million when she is sentenced May 31. Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser said Crouse and Carlos Laboy, 43, were arrested in a Gorton Street home on Feb. 5, 2015.

Numerous baggies of heroin residue and three cell phones containing a phone number for confidential drug source who could set up drug transactions were found. The case against Crouse and Laboy was developed using confidential sources, including one individual who claimed Crouse prior to her February 2015 arrest had been selling him heroin daily in Buffalo for at least a year, Burgasser said.