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Double drug arrests lead to eight-year prison sentence

A Buffalo man was sentenced  to eight years in prison for having more than half a pound of cocaine in his East Side home.

Carlos Y. Morales, 35, previously pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second and fourth degrees.

Assistant District Attorney Paul J. Williams III said the charges came after police executed two search warrants at a house Morales owned on 10th Street. During the first search, police reported finding more than eight ounces of cocaine. While Morales was free awaiting resolution of that case, his house was searched again in December and police recovered more than two ounces of suspected cocaine.

With two prior drug arrests on his record, Morales faced mandatory prison time. Judge Michael Pietruszka sentenced him to eight years in prison on the first charge and six years on the second, with the terms to run concurrently, plus five years post-release supervision.

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