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Lackawanna woman sentenced on drug and retaliation charges

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Sharon Thompson, 26, of Lackawanna, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, crack cocaine within 1000 feet of a public housing property, and conspiracy to retaliate against an informant, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that on May 7, 2014, the defendant sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Lackawanna Police Department. The purchase occurred within 1000 feet of the Gates Housing Projects in Lackawanna.

On October 11, 2014, Thompson and another individual assaulted another individual who they believed was cooperating with law enforcement officers. In addition, they stole cash and a cell phone from the victim while the victim was unconscious. 

Thompson is one of 18 defendants arrested and convicted in a large scale drug trafficking operation that operated in and near the Gates Housing Project.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Gary Loeffert, Special Agent-in-Charge.