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A Lockport man who was convicted of sex trafficking has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 52-year-old Oliver Kimmons, over the course of three years, solicited and coerced young opiate-addicted women to have sex with paying customers in exchange for drugs. Kimm…

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A California woman who was convicted in federal court in Buffalo of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine and money laundering conspiracy was sentenced Wednesday to serve 72 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 44-year-old Sonia Hernandez, of Norwalk, was hired in 200…

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A Batavia man has pleaded guilty in federal court to enticing a minor to travel for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual activity, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 23-year-old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo had sex with a 14-year-old girl on Nov. 25, 2018. Upon his arrest on rape and other charges the following day, Torres-Acevedo picked the …

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A Buffalo street gang member has pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 22-year-old Shameris Washington is one of 13 members of the CBL/BFL gang who have been charged in a case that was investigated by the Buffalo and Cheektowaga police d…

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A Clarence Center man has pleaded guilty in federal court to tax evasion, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 61-year-old Mark E. Wolanyk and his minor son in October 2010 opened an account at First Niagara Bank in the boy's name, with Wolanyk listed as a custodian of the account. Wolanyk admitted that, through December 2013, he made deposits in…

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A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against three Jamestown residents for narcotics conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 35-year-old Richard E. Kinsey Jr., Brandi M. Whitford, 23, and Terrence M. McRae, 39, are also charged with using and maintaining a drug-involved premises and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug t…

Amherst

An Amherst man was charged with unlawful possession of a machine gun after a maintenance worker conducting a routine inspection of the man's apartment noticed a number of firearms out in plain view, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 22-year-old Rejjie Ni was additionally charged with unlawful possession of an unregistered machine gun. Amherst …

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A California man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Buffalo on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one kilogram or more of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 55-year-old David Katz, of Chula Vista, was additionally charged with attempted possession with intent to distri…

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A Buffalo street gang member has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to racketeering conspiracy and distribution of crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Larquon Watkins, 26, was a member of the CBL/BFL gang. The gang, formed around 2009, sold illegal narcotics near the Towne Gardens housing complex. Members often used violence, i…

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A Buffalo man admitted in U.S. District Court that he conspired with others to sell crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 31-year-old Angelo Kidd pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess, with intent to distribute, and distributing 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. On Aug. 31, 2018, Buffalo Police executed search warrants at two Tow…

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A Canadian resident has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to harboring an illegal alien, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 42-year-old Jason O. Garcia of Vaughan, Ont., faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced on March 20. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, Garcia attempted to enter the Unite…

City of Tonawanda

A couple has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice in the Dec. 28, 2018, fatal drug overdose of an employee in the City of Tonawanda, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said the charge against Kevin Toth, 29, of the City of Tonawanda, and Samantha Yeates, 27, of Depew, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Assistant U.S. A…

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An Alaska man who pleaded guilty in August to unlawfully transporting 12 machine guns to Buffalo from Alaska was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to serve five years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 26-year-old Benjamin Handley, of Homer, sold the fully automatic firearms – with their serial numbers oblitera…

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A Williamsville man and his son were arrested Friday at the Peace Bridge after attempting to smuggle marijuana into the U.S., according to federal prosecutors. Kenneth Francis Munroe, 60, and his son, Kenneth Philip Munroe, 30, had about 250 grams of marijuana with them, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremiah E. Lenihan. They were charged with entry of goods by m…

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A Buffalo man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 69 months in prison, following his conviction on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that, on five occasions between Oct. 17 and Nov. 22, 2017, Leon R. Willi…