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Buffalo heroin dealer to serve more than 12 years

A Buffalo heroin dealer was sentenced Thursday to 12 years and seven months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Rasheen L. Newkirk, 42, pleaded guilty Feb. 2 to possession of heroin with the intent to distribute it, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Court papers said a Chicago-based heroin courier, arrested in Ohio, turned informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Agents watched as the informant sold Newkirk 17 ounces of heroin at a Genesee Street McDonald's restaurant Dec. 11, 2013, and arrested Newkirk in the parking lot.

At Newkirk's Crossman Avenue home, agents found heroin, 205 small plastic envelopes, and a loaded Glock handgun.

Newkirk served more than nine years for a 2002 federal firearms felony. He also was convicted of three drug felonies in Erie County in the 1990s, court papers said.

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