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A Lackawanna man accused of selling illegal narcotics near two schools in Hamburg made an initial appearance Friday before U.S. Magistrate Jeremiah J. McCarthy, who released him on conditions. Federal prosecutors said that the Hamburg Police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating 52-year-old Mohammed Alawi in September. He was identified as selling…

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A Buffalo man pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that, between December 2015 and June 7, 2016, Waldemar Martinez, 43, conspired with others to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine in the Buffalo area. Martinez used a residence…

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A Buffalo man who is accused of maintaining a Leroy Avenue house for the purposes of trafficking illegal drugs has pleaded guilty in federal court to heroin distribution, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 23-year-old Victor Quinones on July 16 sold heroin to an individual who was working with the FBI. Two days later, a federal search warrant was …

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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 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 man who lied to a federal grand jury pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District court to obstructing an official proceeding, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Demetrius Lowry, 24, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced, prosecutors said. According to prosecutors, Lowry was interviewed by Buffalo Police Homicide detectives about the fa…

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A Jamestown man who allegedly received in the mail a brick of cocaine wrapped in multiple layers of plastic that was tucked in a small portable charcoal grill has been charged in federal court with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. Prosecutors said 29-year-old Jeffrey John Guzman-Suarez made an initial appearance …

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A North Carolina man with a prior felony conviction for controlled substance distribution was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. Prosecutors said 29-year-old Justin Campbell Saunders, of Raleigh, entered the United States from Canada at the Peace Bridge, without stopping his truck for a customs in…

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A Jamestown man faces a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. to receipt and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 34-year-old Matthew Bailer is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 20. On July 11, 2018, the Jamestown Police Department was…

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A Buffalo man who was arrested on drug charges made an initial appearance Friday before U.S. Magistrate Michael J. Roemer and released on conditions, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York. Prosecutors said Sterling McMillan, 48, was charged by criminal complaint in U.S. District Court with possession with intent to distribute and d…

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A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to drug and weapons possession charges in U.S. District Court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that the Lackawanna Police Department Narcotics Unit began investigating the narcotics trafficking activities of 43-year-old Felix M. Velasquez in June 2018. Velazquez was described by prosecutors as a mid-level street…

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A Chautauqua County man who led a drug organization responsible for distributing heroin and cocaine in the Jamestown area faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 26, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Sigfredo Martinez, 47, of Celeron, who began his drug operation in early 2016, pleaded guilty before U…

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A Wyoming County man who was convicted of possession of child pornography has been sentenced to 36 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 33-year-old Kory Doyle of Warsaw was found in possession of child pornography on multiple computers, hard drives and cellular telephones after State…

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A man who admitted Thursday in federal court that he shipped 12 fully automatic firearms to Buffalo from Alaska faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 22, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 26-year-old Benjamin Handley, of Homer, Ala., pleaded guilty to unlawful transportation of a machine gun before U.S. District Judge Richard J…

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Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan is already free to sell or transfer his properties without interference from government prosecutors, even without a desired court order, a federal court said this week. Attorneys for Morgan and other developers had sought the court's intervention because they said the government's words and actions were hindering their ability to sel…