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Buffalo man sentenced on drug charge


BUFFALO -- James Thayer, 32, of Buffalo, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, was sentenced to 87 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga, who handled the case, stated that in May 2015, the defendant sold one ounce of crack cocaine to an individual for $1,400. On July 22, 2015, Thayer arranged to sell another ounce of crack cocaine to the same individual.  While driving to meet the individual to complete the sale, the defendant was pulled over by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Agents searched Thayer and found an ounce of crack cocaine at which time he was arrested. During a subsequent search of the defendant’s Chadduck Avenue home, agents recovered approximately two ounces of crack cocaine base, a digital scale with white residue, drug packaging material and approximately $7,000 in U.S. currency.

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.