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Buffalo man sentenced for his role in cross country drug conspiracy

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jabriel Crews, 35, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 500 grams or more of cocaine, was sentenced to 96 months in prison by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that between January 2014 and June 1, 2016, the defendant purchased multi-kilo quantities of cocaine from a source in Houston, Texas. Co-defendant Mark Ramos, an associate of the Houston source-of-supply, would mail the cocaine to addresses in Buffalo provided by Crews. The defendant would then receive those parcels and process and repackage the cocaine for distribution. In exchange, Crews would make payment to his source in Texas using some combination of a courier and U.S. mail parcels mailed to P.O. boxes set up in the Houston, Texas area.
On June 1, 2016, a search warrant was executed at 236 Katherine Street. Law enforcement officers recovered a scale with powder residue, packaging materials including bags and a vacuum sealer, identification cards, and one live bullet.
Mark Ramos was previously convicted and sentenced on federal charges. Charles Gonzalez was charged and convicted in state court.
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 Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard.