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Salamanca drug dealer spared more time in custody

Amber Crouse, 32, of Salamanca, was sentenced to time-served in jail for possessing heroin by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford on Monday.

Crouse, who spent 17 months in custody since her arrest at a house on Gorton Street in Buffalo in early 2015, had been facing a federal prison term of up to 40 years and a fine of up to $5 million for her guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Carlos Laboy, 43, of Salamanca, a co-defendant of Crouse, pleaded guilty Monday to the same charge before Judge Wolford. Laboy faces sentencing March 14.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser said Crouse and Laboy were actively trafficking in heroin for two years before their February 2015 arrests. The prosecutor said they sold heroin to confidential federal sources. During a raid at the Gorton Street home, authorities seized numerous baggies of heroin residue and three cell phones, Burgasser said.

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