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A Niagara Falls man was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for his role in a Western New York drug ring that had ties to kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy announced. Michael Mitchell, 38, had been convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. He was sentenced Tuesday to 78 months in prison by U.…

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A Buffalo man who sold drugs to a federal informant – on four separate occasions – was sentenced Wednesday in Erie County Court to eight years in jail, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Charles Watkins, 36, had pleaded guilty in November 2018 to four counts of second-degree felony criminal sale of a controlled substance. On the four separate occas…

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A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to selling heroin to an undercover police officer has been sentenced to eight years in prison, to be followed by three years of post-release supervision, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Joseph Cruz-Ocasio, 30, sold heroin to an undercover officer on four occasions in April 2017, prosecutors said. On May 1, 201…

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A Buffalo man was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, to be followed by four years of post-release supervision, for his drug and weapon convictions. David Moore, 44, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree in May, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.…

A Lockport drug dealer has been sentenced to two years supervised release following her conviction on drug possession and distribution charges. Colette Arne, 67, was convicted in U.S. District Court of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of oxymorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.…

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A State Supreme Court justice on Monday sentenced Gregg Daniels, 24, of Humboldt Parkway, to four years in prison for selling heroin to a person in Lackawanna who died of an overdose. The Lackawanna Police Department in May investigated a heroin overdose death. After reviewing text messages on the overdose victim's phone, it became apparent the victim had used a certain…

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A Buffalo man was sentenced Wednesday to 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Rashawn Dewer, 37, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Dewer participated in a conspiracy that transported…

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A Buffalo man and a Colorado man were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in a marijuana distribution case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Damarcus Hennings, 26, of Buffalo, was sentenced to 78 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, who also sentenced Dashawn Abrams, 27, of Denver, to 51 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office…