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Buffalo man sentenced to 17 years in federal prison on gun and drug charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jay Neal, 40, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of eight counts including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more heroin, possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, maintaining a drug involved premises, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a defaced firearm, was sentenced to serve 210 months  in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case, stated that on October 20, 2015, Neal sold a quantity of heroin to an individual 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 a residence at 87 Mariner Street in Buffalo. About an hour later, Neal and co-defendant Quashawn 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 two guns, ammunition, 10 grams of heroin inside a dresser drawer, and multiple scales.

In 1997, Neal was convicted in state court of Attempted Murder and Robbery in the 1st Degree. As a result of those convictions, Neal was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Today’s 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.