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Lackawanna man pleads guilty to selling crack cocaine near housing project


BUFFALO -- Waldemar Pabon, 29, of Lackawanna, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, crack cocaine within 1000 feet of a public housing authority before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 80 years in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that between early 2014 and December 5, 2014, Pabon conspired with others to possess and distribute crack cocaine. The defendant agreed to purchase various amounts of crack cocaine from several individuals and distribute it to certain friends and acquaintances. Pabon collected money from his friends and acquaintances and used the money to purchase more crack cocaine from other individuals in and around the Lackawanna Gates Housing Projects. The defendant then distributed the crack cocaine to his friends and acquaintances.