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Man sentenced on drug conspiracy charges

A Buffalo man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison following his conviction on drug conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court.

Carlos Laboy, 45, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga, who handled the case, said that between February 2013 and February 2015, Laboy and his co-defendant in the case, Amber Crouse, participated in a heroin conspiracy. The two sold heroin to confidential police sources, including one individual who claimed to have purchased heroin from Laboy and Crouse every day for a year, she said.

During a Feb. 5, 2015, raid on a Gorton Street residence, at which Laboy and Crouse were both present, Buffalo police recovered numerous baggies that contained heroin residue, prosecutors alleged.

Amber Crouse has already been convicted and sentenced to 17 months in prison.

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