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A Queens man who helped set up meetings between clients and prostitutes in the Town of Tonawanda as well as in other cities and states was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to 21 months in prison. Cheng Qi Li, 29, of Flushing was previously convicted of conspiracy to use interstate facilities to promote prostitution and to transport individuals…

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A Lockport man convicted on charges of selling fentanyl, cocaine and heroin was sentenced Friday to serve 72 months in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Joseph Thompson, 61, had been convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 40 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing fentanyl, prosecutors said. …

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A Buffalo man faces a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison and a maximum 40 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to drug-related charges and skipping out on a court appearance, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Lawrence Russell, 41, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of c…

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A Buffalo man convicted by a federal jury of robbing a Chase Bank in Rochester of more than $100,000 was sentenced Friday to 264 months in prison by Chief U.S. Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Joseph W. Peeples III, 44, who was arrested 13 hours after he robbed the bank Jan. 5, was tracked down by law enforcement in Binghamton, according to th…

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A member of the Schuele Boys gang was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 60 months in prison on his conviction for participating in a cocaine distribution ring, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Antwon Steward, 35, of Buffalo, cooked powder cocaine into crack cocaine for Michael Robertson, , prosecutors said. Steward and Robertson shared supplies of cocaine, locations…

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A City of Tonawanda man who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine will be spending up to the next five years in prison. Raymond Hopson, 35, of Tonawanda, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. In 2016, Hopson made several sales of crack cocaine to an undercover officer posing as a dr…

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A Buffalo man convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine while maintaining a drug-involved premises, was sentenced Friday to 48 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Damone Robertson-Burts, 35, was arrested Aug. 10, 2017, following a raid by federal agents at his Ro…

Amherst

A Williamsville couple convicted of filing a false tax return and receiving and delivering misbranded drugs were each sentenced Monday to one year of probation by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Shaheen Hassanali, 45, convicted of filing a false tax return, was ordered to pay restitution totaling $248,606 to the IRS, the U…

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A man who sold crack cocaine from an apartment he rented in a Lackawanna housing project was sentenced Tuesday to 151 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Jeffrey Graham, 32, who had a premises in the Gates Housing Project, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to dist…

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A Lackawanna man was sentenced Thursday to 165 months in prison on his conviction of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. James R. Duncan, 52, was arrested in 2015 after Lackawanna Police raided his Roland Avenue residence, where officers seized methamphetamine, cocaine, hydrocodone and about $50,000 in U…

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A drug dealer who was caught with a loaded pistol during a police raid on his Niagara Falls home in November was sentenced Thursday to 5 years in prison by a federal judge. Julius Hall, Jr., 32, was sentenced on his conviction of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. According to prosecutors, Hall was arrested while officer executed a search war…

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A Los Angeles man convicted on drug charges and charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering was sentenced Tuesday to 180 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Between July 2012 and Jan. 18, 2013, Steven Bennett conspired with others to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more tha…