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Buffalo man sentenced in drug conspiracy


BUFFALO -- Jeffrey Coleman, 47, of Buffalo, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, was sentenced to 78 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that Coleman was the courier of a heroin distribution conspiracy, which brought heroin to Buffalo from New York City. The defendant was stopped on February 26, 2014, and found in possession of more than $65,000 in cash, which was payment for the delivery of heroin.

Also, on February 26, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence on West Delavan Avenue in Buffalo. During the search, officers recovered more than 100 grams of heroin, drug packaging paraphernalia, and $4,000 in cash.

Coleman was arrested along with four other defendants. All five defendants have been convicted and sentenced.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.