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A Buffalo man faces a maximum 40 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to retaliate against a witness and retaliating against a witness in a narcotics trafficking case, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Eric Taylor, 35, and another member of the Project Boys gang, attacked the victim and beat him into unconsciousness on Oct. 11, 2014, after having approac…

A Buffalo man was convicted of a sole charge of conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute marijuana. Arthur Clark, 29, was a courier for a commercial delivery service in the city when, between April and September of 2015,  he conspired with five others to ship, receive and distribute more than 50 packages containing marijuana that had been transported from Denver…

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Two Buffalo drug dealers pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling fentanyl. Marcellus Hutcherson, 25, of Weston Street sold the drug to undercover officers four times between Feb. 1 and Feb. 16, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Hutcherson pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to three counts of criminal sale of a contr…

Justin Vasquez was convicted last month of  being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to six years in prison. Now he has been convicted again – this time for damaging government property. He carved an obscenity into a wooden table in the courtroom of Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph P. Geraci. He faces one year in prison for the new conviction. Vasquez, …