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Buffalo: Julian Beavers Pleads Guilty to Sell Heroin And Fentanyl
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Buffalo: Julian Beavers Pleads Guilty to Sell Heroin And Fentanyl

Buffalo Man, Julian Beavers Who Sold Heroin And Fentanyl To An Undercover Officer Pleads Guilty BUFFALO, N.Y (STL.News) U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Julian Beavers a/k/a Ock a/k/a Marcel Ceasar a/k/a BJ, 34, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy to possessing with intent to distribute and distributing heroin and furanyl fentanyl.  The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Cheektowaga Police Department determined that the defendant was a heroin and fentanyl distributor with a large customer base in the Buffalo area.  On November 21, 2017, Bea...
Fredonia: Nathaniel Gates Pleads Guilty To Selling Crack Cocaine
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Fredonia: Nathaniel Gates Pleads Guilty To Selling Crack Cocaine

Fredonia Man, Nathaniel Gates Pleads Guilty To Selling Crack Cocaine BUFFALO, N.Y (STL.News) U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Nathaniel Gates, Jr, 47, of Fredonia, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to possessing with intent to distribute, and distributing, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Seth T. Molisani and Charles E. Watkins, who are handling the case, stated that in April 2015, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating the drug trafficking activities of the defendant in Chautauqua County, NY.  During the investigation, investigators...
Missouri Man, Andrew Neal Facing Child Pornography, Cyberstalking Charges
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Missouri Man, Andrew Neal Facing Child Pornography, Cyberstalking Charges

BUFFALO, NY (STL.News) U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Andrew Neal, of Hallsville, Missouri, was charged by criminal complaint with production, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, as well as cyberstalking.  The charges carry a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a $250,000 fine. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey T. Fiut, who is handling the case, stated that according to the criminal complaint, in July 2018, Neal initiated a conversation with a minor female victim, living in the Western District of New York, on Instagram and asked her to send him pictures of her feet and face.  After the victim complied with the defendant’s request, Neal demanded that she produce and send him sexually explicit images of herself or ...
Buffalo, N.Y: Caneadea Woman Amanda L. Rickard Pleads Guilty To Preparing False Tax Returns
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Buffalo, N.Y: Caneadea Woman Amanda L. Rickard Pleads Guilty To Preparing False Tax Returns

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Amanda L. Rickard, 40, of Caneadea, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to aiding or assisting in the preparation of a false or fraudulent tax return.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles M. Kruly, who is handling the case, stated that between 2011 until 2018, the defendant prepared income tax returns for friends and acquaintances.  During that time, Rickard reported materially false information on her clients’ individual income tax returns. For example, in April 2018, the defendant prepared and filed a tax return for Client 1, which identified a child, Dependent 1, as Client 1’s nephew and dependent.  However,...
Buffalo, N.Y: Tasheka Stalling Going To Prison For Selling Crack Cocaine
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Buffalo, N.Y: Tasheka Stalling Going To Prison For Selling Crack Cocaine

Buffalo, N.Y: Tasheka Stalling Going To Prison For Selling Crack Cocaine With Her Incarcerated Husband (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Tasheka Stalling, 30, of Niagara Falls, NY, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distributing 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremiah E. Lenihan, who handled the case, stated that between November 2015 and January 26, 2017, the defendant conspired with her husband, Jermaine Ellison to sell crack cocaine. Between November 12, 2015, and June 20, 2016, investigators conducted six controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Ellison.  On August 30, 2016, Ellison was ordered...
Buffalo, N.Y: Charles Williams Arrested On Drug And Gun Charges
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Buffalo, N.Y: Charles Williams Arrested On Drug And Gun Charges

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Charles Williams, 49, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $1,000,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan K. Glaberson, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on October 1, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at a residence on Hughes Avenue in Buffalo, after observing the defendant leave the residence. During the search warrant, investigators recovered $15,000 in cash, approximately nine ounces of a white powdery substance, a .22 caliber rifle...
Buffalo, N.Y; Randy Colucci Going To Prison For Possessing Child Pornography
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Buffalo, N.Y; Randy Colucci Going To Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Randy Colucci, 36, of Niagara Falls, NY, who was convicted of possessing child pornography, was sentenced to 75 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who handled the case, stated that in April 2017, a Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent, working undercover, discovered multiple files containing videos and images of child pornography being shared on a peer to peer website.  Some of the videos and images depicted prepubescent children in sexual situations.  Investigators determined that the IP address connected to the files related to one utilized by the defendant, which led to the execution of a search warrant at his residence.  Digital media recov...
Buffalo, Ny; Vicky Hoffstetter Sentenced On Gun Charge
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Buffalo, Ny; Vicky Hoffstetter Sentenced On Gun Charge

Buffalo, Ny; Vicky Hoffstetter Sentenced On Gun Charge | USAO-WDNY (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Vicky Hoffstetter, 38, of Painesville, OH, who was convicted of conspiracy to transfer firearms purchased outside of state of residency, was sentenced to time served and two years’ supervised release by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Volkert, Jr., who handled the case, stated that between April 2018 and May 2018, the defendant, without being a licensed firearm importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector, conspired with others, to transport firearms into New York State from the State of Ohio.  Hoffstetter conducted straw purchases of firearms in Ohio in her own name, while knowing that the firearms were actua...
More Than $900,000 Coming To The Western District Of New York
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More Than $900,000 Coming To The Western District Of New York

More Than $900,000 Coming To The Western District Of New York To Fight Violence Against Women (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, has awarded three grants totaling more than $900,000 to a university, a college, and a social service agency in the Western District of New York. Niagara University in Lewiston, NY, will receive $300,000, and Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, will receive $299,957, under the Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program.  The program focuses on combatting domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campuses.  These comprehensive efforts are designed to enhance victim services, implement pre...
Buffalo Man Raison Holt Going To Prison For Speeding Through Lewiston Border
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Buffalo Man Raison Holt Going To Prison For Speeding Through Lewiston Border

Buffalo Man Raison Holt Going To Prison For Speeding Through Lewiston Border Crossing In A Stolen Car (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Raison Holt, 25, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of high speed flight from a border checkpoint, was sentenced to serve 20 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who handled the case, stated that on January 20, 2020, around 6:00 a.m., the defendant was driving a motor vehicle on the Lewiston-Queenstown Bridge, heading into Canada.  Before entering Canada, Holt turned around in the middle of the bridge and drove toward the United States at the Lewiston Bridge Port of Entry in Lewiston.  Despite numerous “stop” signs posted by U.S. Customs and Border Protec...
Buffalo Man Brandon Cooley Going To Prison For His Role In Cocaine Conspiracy
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Buffalo Man Brandon Cooley Going To Prison For His Role In Cocaine Conspiracy

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Brandon Cooley, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, was sentenced to serve 33 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Assistant U.S. Attorney Misha A. Coulson, who handled the case, stated that in the early morning hours of June 3, 2018, the defendant was driving a vehicle stopped by the Buffalo Police Department after it was observed committing traffic violations for excessive tinted windows and speeding.  Officers searched the vehicle after detecting a strong odor of marijuana coming from it.  Quantities of suspected cocaine and crack cocaine were recovered, along with marijuana, a scale, gloves, packaging, and seven cell...
Burt Man Adam Williams Going To Prison For Five Years
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Burt Man Adam Williams Going To Prison For Five Years

Burt Man Adam Williams Going To Prison For Five Years For Possession Of Child Pornography (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced today that Adam Williams, 33, of Burt, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that on October 3, 2017, investigators executed a search warrant at the defendant's residence after discovering that Williams was utilizing a peer-to-peer network to distribute child pornography. Items seized from the defendant's residence that contained child pornography included a laptop computer, and a hard drive.  A forensic analysis recovered in excess o...
Randolph Man Alexander Carnahan Charged With Production Of Child Pornography
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Randolph Man Alexander Carnahan Charged With Production Of Child Pornography

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced today that Alexander Carnahan, 27, of Randolph, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles M. Kruly and Elizabeth R. Moellering, who are handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on June 9th, 2020, the Jamestown Police Department responded to a residence for a report of alleged child sexual abuse involving an 11 year-old (Victim).  The Victim’s mother advised officers that another one of her children gave her a cell phone belonging to the defendant, who was staying with the family, and told her that there were nude images of...
Ohio Man Diones Bowens Sentenced For Gun Trafficking
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Ohio Man Diones Bowens Sentenced For Gun Trafficking

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced today that Diones Bowens, 24, of Ashtabula, Ohio, who was convicted of conspiracy to transfer firearms purchased outside of state of residency, was sentenced to serve two years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles J. Volkert, Jr. and Joshua A. Violanti, who handled the case, stated that between November 2017 and May 11, 2018, the defendant, without being a licensed firearm importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector, conspired with Robert L. Williams, Jr., to transport firearms into New York State from the State of Ohio.  Bowens conducted straw purchases of firearms in Ohio in his own name, while knowing that the firearms were actually paid, and intended, for Williams, wh...
Jamestown Man Bryan Ferrer-Vazquez Going To Prison For 6 1/2 Years
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Jamestown Man Bryan Ferrer-Vazquez Going To Prison For 6 1/2 Years

Jamestown Man Bryan Ferrer-Vazquez Going To Prison For 6 1/2 Years For His Role In A Drug Trafficking Ring (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Bryan Ferrer-Vazquez, 27, of Jamestown, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, was sentenced to serve 78 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura A. Higgins and Jeremiah E. Lenihan, who handled the case, stated that beginning in early 2016, Ferrer-Vazquez distributed heroin and cocaine for a drug trafficking organization led by co-defendant Sigfredo Martinez.  The defendant was responsible for the “day shift” transactions, while another co-defendant, Alex Mercado, was responsible for “night shift” transactions. Ferrer-Vazque...
Jamestown Man Wade J. Paulisick, Jr. Indicted On Multiple Drug And Gun Charges
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Jamestown Man Wade J. Paulisick, Jr. Indicted On Multiple Drug And Gun Charges

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Wade J. Paulisick, Jr., 22, of Jamestown, NY, with possessing with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of acetyl fentanyl, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, five grams or more of methamphetamine, buprenorphine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activities, and possession of a stolen firearm.  The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Watkins, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, on September 26, 2019, the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and the Jamestown Police Swat Team execu...
Grand Island Man David Montemage Arrested, Charged With Multiple Drug And Gun Charges
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Grand Island Man David Montemage Arrested, Charged With Multiple Drug And Gun Charges

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced today that David Montemage, 37, of Grand Island, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possessing with intent to distribute marijuana, maintaining a drug involved premises, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.  The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $500,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin G. Bish, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on August 5, 2020, Homeland Security Investgations (HSI), U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, executed the search warrant at a residence on Blue Pointe Lane on Grand Island...