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Buffalo man convicted on marijuana charge


BUFFALO -- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has convicted Arthur Clark, 29, of Buffalo, of the sole charge against him, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute marijuana. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura A. Higgins and Patricia Astorga, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that between April and September of 2015, the defendant, a courier for a commercial delivery service in Buffalo, conspired with Damarcus Hennings, Shaquata Hennings, Dashawn Abrams, Shahana Beaver and Janice Humphrey, to ship, receive, and distribute more than 50 packages containing marijuana from Denver, Colorado to Buffalo. After the marijuana was sold, the co-defendants would send the cash proceeds from their drug sales back to their marijuana source of supply in Denver. All of defendant’s co-defendants pleaded guilty prior to trial.

The verdict is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division, and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police, under the direction of Chief George Gast.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 18 before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford who presided over the trial of the case.