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Hamburg man faces lengthy prison term, millions in fines for selling cocaine

A Hamburg man faces at least 10 years, and up to life, in prison and a $10 million fine in connection with his admission to conspiring to possess and sell more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. reported.

Joseph C. Paternostro, 28, admitted he bought cocaine from a supplier in Dunkirk on a weekly basis between July 2016 and May 2017 in order to resell it to his own local customers, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash. U.S. Drug Administration Enforcement undercover agents bought cocaine from Paternostro twice in February 2017.

After a traffic stop in late 2017, officers searched Paternostro's Lake Heights home in Hamburg and seized a quantity of cocaine along with a drug scale and packaging material.

Paternostro is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 18.


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