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A Buffalo woman who conspired with others to sell cocaine in the Buffalo area pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 28-year-old Sucley Romero, in July 2017, consented to receiving a package of cocaine, sh…

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A man accused of conducting open air drug sales in and around a Lackawanna public housing project pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to drug charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Tarrell Hendrix, 35, of Lackawanna, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute and for distribution of crack cocaine. He is schedule…

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The leader of a cocaine trafficking ring has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Cesar Rivera-Figueroa, 28, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, was arrested in September 2017, along with 11 other co-defendants in the case. Prosecutors said Rivera-Figueroa, aka Fat Boy, directed the dist…

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A Mexican national pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, one kilogram or more of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 27-year-old Giovani Ramirez-Soto also pleaded guilty to being a removed alien unlawfully in the U.S. Ramirez-Soto faces a mandatory minimum of 10 year…

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After bilking as many as 10 people – including one Western New York resident – a New York City man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 56-year-old Michael Wright, of Manhattan, conspired with two siblings, who stole the identities of unsuspect…

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A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty in federal court to 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 39-year-old Leon R. Williams faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison or a maximum of life. According to prosecutors handli…

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A man on parole for a 2011 manslaughter conviction involving the death of his 2-year-old daughter has pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 34-year-old Randy Colucci, of Niagara Falls, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced. Accor…

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A Jamestown man who was arrested on drug charges, released, then cut off his ankle monitor and failed to show up in court faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and maximum of life, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Zakiel Fields Jr., 24, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and…

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A Wyoming County man has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 33-year-old Kory Doyle, of Warsaw, faces a maximum 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 15 before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. State Police executed a search warrant in…

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A Jamestown man who distributed nude photos of three underage girls via Facebook Messenger has pleaded guilty in federal court to production and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 37-year-old James A. Chapman faces a mandatory minimum 15-year prison sentence and a maximum of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced …

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A Salamanca man who operated phony debt restructuring businesses that defrauded about 20 area small businesses of about $1.2 million pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering charges, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Sergiy Bezrukov, 35, formerly of Queens, faces a maximum penalt…

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A Dunkirk woman pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Minerva Maestre, 49, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison when she is sentenced before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. …