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Buffalo man sentenced for selling cocaine near Buffalo school

STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Stevie Alejandro, 32, 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 serve 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who handled the case, stated that the defendant operated the Barberians Barber Shop at 1132 East Lovejoy Street, which is located directly across from Buffalo Public School #43, the Lovejoy Discovery School. Between May 2017 and October 18, 2017, the defendant utilized the barber shop to facilitate a drug distribution network. Alejandro conspired with co-defendants Aaron Hill, Cleophus Dentmond, a/k/a Face, Gilbert Guzman, and others, to distribute cocaine in the Lovejoy District.

During the course of the investigation, Alejandro and his associates made numerous cocaine sales to an undercover police officer. Aaron Hill, Cleophus Dentmond, and Gilbert Guzman were previously convicted and sentenced.

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood; the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Zak; and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard.

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