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A Buffalo man accused of selling drugs pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to possession and distribution of fentanyl and 10 grams or more of buytryl fentanyl, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Torri McCray, 40, faces a minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 22 by Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo…

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A Buffalo man who sold drugs to a person working for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of butyryl fentanyl, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Antonio Broadus, 33, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced June 12 before U.S. District Jud…

Buffalo

A Canadian national who was convicted of importing 108 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. has been sentenced, in absentia, to serve 3 1/2 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said Friday that Arcara granted a motion filed by the federal government to sentence 56-year-old Robin Williams of Canada in absentia because …

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A Cattaraugus County man has been charged with production of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 29-year-old Jacob Tunison, of Olean, faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted on the charge. According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 14, the Cuba Police Department alerted the FBI to the possible sexual exploitation …

Business

The former owner of Don Tequila restaurant was sentenced Thursday in federal court to a year in prison, following his conviction on tax evasion and unlawfully employing illegal aliens to work at multiple restaurants he owned and operated, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Sergio R. Mucino, 48, of Buffalo, who owned multiple Mexican restaurants in the Buffalo area…

Amherst

A Williamsville man who admitted he used his dead brother to defraud a trade union of worker benefits was sentenced Thursday in federal court to serve two years of probation — including six months of detention – and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 61-year-old Timothy McCluskey, who was convicte…

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A former Jamestown resident was arrested in Texas and charged with receiving and distributing child pornography after his laptop computer and phone were seized by federal law enforcement officers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 32-year-old Travis Sanders of North Richland Hills, Texas, is being detained and will be returned to the Western Dist…

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An Amherst dentist who was convicted in federal court of filing a false tax return has been sentenced to 30 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Charles Weber, 63, of Snyder also was ordered Thursday to pay restitution totaling $190,547 to the I.R.S. by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to prosecutors, prior to 2009, Weber operate…

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Law enforcement officials, led by U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr., announced new protocols Wednesday for police responding to drug overdose scenes in Erie County. They are specific procedures officers are required to follow while treating the site as a crime scene, with the aim of ensuring that the dealer who sold the drugs is held criminally responsible for fatal an…

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Three people have been arrested as part of a methamphetamine ring in Jamestown, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force conducted a Jan. 24 raid on the Main Street premises where the drugs were allegedly sold, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. During the search, officers recovered marijuana and crystal metham…

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The medical director of Horizon Health and Renaissance Addiction Services was arrested Monday at his Hamburg residence and charged with importation of a controlled substance. The arrest of Dr. Torin J. Finver, 54, was announced by the the U.S. Attorney's Office. Finver is on the faculty of the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences …

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A Canadian resident accused of assaulting a U.S. customs officer Monday is being held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection pending a detention hearing set for next Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Feng Chen, 23, of Ontario, was charged with assaulting a federal officer by means of a dangerous weapon and evading a checkpoint operated by a federal law en…

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A federal grand jury on Friday returned an indictment charging a Cheektowaga woman with mail fraud and making false statements, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo. Rhonda Henderson, 47, is accused of defrauding a client that she met in her capacity as a manager for a local social services agency, prosecutors said. Henderson faces a maximum penalty of 20 …

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Former Kenmore Police Chief Peter J. Breitnauer will take a plea deal in federal court on the hydrocodone possession charge against him, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Spokeswoman Barbara Burns declined Friday to say whether Breitnauer had received a sentencing commitment from the U.S. Attorney's Office on his plea. He is due in court Jan.…

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A Niagara Falls man who solicited prostitution appointments for a 17-year-old girl pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor. Marcellus Overton, 43, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors s…