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Buffalo man sentenced to 18 years following drug conviction

A Buffalo man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his conviction on a heroin possession and distribution charge in U.S. District Court, officials said.

Steven Martinez, 51,  was one of five people convicted in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Another man, Jeffrey Coleman, 47, was convicted earlier this month on the same charge as Martinez, possession with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins.

Coleman was the courier of a heroin distribution conspiracy which brought heroin to Buffalo from New York City, Higgins said. According to Higgins, Coleman was stopped on Feb. 26, 2014, and found in possession of more than $65,000 cash, payment for the delivery of heroin, along with a note, written and signed by Martinez that served as a receipt for the delivery.

Martinez was stopped by law enforcement, who found him in possession of more than $2,000 and a small quantity of heroin, according to Higgins.

Officers searched a residence on West Delavan Avenue, where they seized more than 100 grams of heroin, drug packaging paraphernalia, and $4,000 cash, officials said.

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