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City of Tonawanda man faces 5 to 40 years in prison in drug case

A City of Tonawanda man faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 31 in U.S. District Court.

Michael Elder, 38, was convicted by a federal jury Thursday of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl and furanyl fentanyl, and maintaining a drug-involved premises, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Prosecutors said on Nov. 3, 2016, the U.S. Probation Department and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration searched Elder's Edgewood Avenue residence. Officers recovered crack cocaine, fentanyl, drug presses and other drug paraphernalia.

At the time, Elder was on federal supervised release for a previous bank robbery conviction, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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