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The trafficking of drugs by Mexican cartels isn’t just something you see on TV. As an ongoing case showed, those cartels can do business in Western New York, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. Max Paul Riestra, 42, was sentenced to 18 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A Buffalo man has admitted that he conspired with others to steal credit cards and make more than $300,000 worth of unauthorized purchases on victims’ accounts. Randy Jarrett, 45, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Between July and December of 2013, Jarrett conspired with Ricky

Curtis Nalls, 38, John Banks, 34, and Cassondra McDougald, 32, all of Niagara Falls are accused of conspiracy to smuggle more than 100 kilograms of marijuana into the United States from Canada, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Border agents in November 2016 received information that Banks and Nalls were involved in drug trafficking and smuggling activity from Canada

Two Buffalo women were sentenced Wednesday in a conspiracy to sell marijuana. Shahana Beaver, 25, was sentenced to time served and three years supervised release after she was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Janice Humphrey, 28, was sentenced to two years on probation by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford for her conviction on

An Amherst man faces a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in U.S. District Court. Rohan Chopra, 22,  pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, MDMA, also known as “Molly.” Two other men, Connor Dempsey and Joel Jacob, agreed to allow Chopra to store various controlled substances in

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