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Buffalo man sentenced on gun and drug charges

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that  Quashawn Lawrence, 24, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more heroin, and possession of a defaced firearm, was sentenced to 41 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that on October 20, 2015, co-defendant Jay Neal sold a quantity of heroin to a confidential source working with the Drug Enforcement Administration. The following day, on October 21, 2015, Neal once again agreed to sell a quantity of heroin. Neal drove to the vicinity of Dodge Street and Michigan Avenue where a man later identified as defendant Lawrence exited a residence with a tan back pack and entered Neal’s vehicle. Neal drove to a residence at 87 Mariner Street in Buffalo. About an hour later, Neal and Lawrence were arrested by police. At the time of his arrest, Neal was armed with a 9mm handgun and had $10,000 in cash. A search warrant executed inside 87 Mariner recovered a gun with the serial number defaced inside Lawrence’s tan back pack, another gun, ammunition and 10 grams of heroin inside a dresser drawer, and multiple scales.

Neal was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

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, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard.