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A Cattaraugus County man who was convicted of receipt of child pornography was sentenced Friday to serve 220 months in prison and lifetime supervised release by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 63-year-old Kevin J. Fox, of Limestone, persuaded a woman to find two teenage boys and have sex with them, for t…

Amherst

An East Amherst man who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to traffic in illegal narcotics was sentenced Thursday to serve 180 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Darryl Williams, 47, conspired with others to sell amounts of fentanyl and cocaine in the Buffalo area and bey…

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A Niagara Falls man who assisted in the collection of about $19 million in drug proceeds was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to serve seven years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that between January 2013 and September 2015, 45-year-old Maulana Lucas and his girlfriend, Shirley Grigsby of Buffalo, received drugs fro…

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A Florida man who was convicted on a charge of transportation of obscene material in commerce has been sentenced in federal court to four years of probation, including one year of home detention, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Prosecutors said 35-year-old Joseph Pachetti of Eutis, Fla., was residing in Niagara Falls when he distributed obscene images to…

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A Niagara Falls man who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that, between May 2016 and June 2017, 35-year-old Rico …

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A Buffalo man who was convicted of possessing and selling fentanyl has been sentenced to serve 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that on Feb. 11, 2018, an individual working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arranged to purchase five grams of fentanyl from 33-year-old Anton…

A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and the distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to serve nearly 20 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that between July 2013 and May 2015, Calvin Elston, 41, conspired with several other people – includ…

Crime

A Buffalo man who was convicted of cyberstalking the mother of his children has been sentenced to a 41-month prison sentence by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that between Jan. 25, 2018, and Feb. 19, 2018, Mark Bieniek, 45, violated an order of protection by sending several hundred harassing and threateni…

Crime

A Jamestown man who was convicted of possessing, with intent to distribute, five grams or more of methamphetamine has been sentenced to serve 84 months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday. Prosecutors said law enforcement officers conducted a controlled purchase of the drug from 63-year-old James H. Bess Jr. on Oct. 2, 2016. During the buy, wh…

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A local member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, convicted of RICO conspiracy and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced in federal court Thursday to serve 123 months in prison, according to the U.S Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said  Edgar Dekay, 38, of Buffalo, admitted to being a member of the Kingsmen crime gang which, authorities s…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man was sentenced Friday in federal court to serve 70 months in prison following his conviction on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 41-year-old Derrick Washington conspired with others between January and February of 2018 to sell crack. On fou…

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A 27-year-old Tonawanda-area man convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of two highly potent, synthetic opioids was sentenced Friday in federal court to serve 42 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said between March 30 and April 18 in 2017, Dominique McDowell sold butyryl fentanyl and U-47700 to undercover …

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A citizen of Mexico residing in Dunkirk pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 25-year-old David Flores-Torres faces a maximum 20 years in prison when sentenced, and is subject to deportation proceedings once he completes his sentence. Sp…

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Three Buffalo residents convicted of conspiracy to defraud the government by encouraging others to file fraudulent tax returns were each sentenced Thursday to federal prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Emmanuel Collins, 40, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $110,475 in restitution. Joce…

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A Buffalo man convicted of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute was sentenced Friday to serve 41 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Jibreel Williams was 27 when U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered him on Dec. 11, 2016. Williams was a passenger in a vehicle attempting to re-ent…