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A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Buffalo to production and possession of child pornography.

A major pharmaceutical distribution company and two of its former executives are facing criminal charges for their roles in advancing the nation's opioid crisis and profiting from it.

Drug Enforcement Agency

First there was heroin. Then fentanyl. Then carfentanil. Now butyryl. Ever-stronger variations of the deadly opioid are making their way through Western New York.

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Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney James Kennedy have announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history, surpassing last year's nationwide sweep.

U.S. Attorney's Office

Local prosecutors say they are using a new high-tech mapping system to help search out drug dealers involved in fatal overdoses and to get overdose victims into treatment faster.

A Wyoming County man has been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison and another 20 years supervised released for his conviction on conspiracy to produce child pornography.

New York State Assembly

A federal grand jury has returned a six-count indictment against former New York State Assemblymember Joe Errigo, 79, of Conesus, NY and lobbyist Robert Scott Gaddy, 48, of Albany.

University at Buffalo

A local doctor who specializes in treating people with addictions has been arrested and charged with possession of heroin and cocaine.

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Dontrell Wise faces spending the rest of his life in a federal prison because a jury on Thursday ruled the illegal drugs he sold led to a death.

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Another Western New York doctor has been sentenced for fraudulently prescribing drugs. Dr. Albert Cowie, a former radiologist with Diagnostic Imaging Associates in Williamsville, faces 24 months in prison.


U.S. Atorney's office

There is a new man in charge of the U.S. Attorney operation in Western New York. James P. Kennedy is acting in the post until a new president appoints a successor to William Hochul.


William Hochul taking job with Delaware North

Oct 24, 2016
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Outgoing U.S. Attorney William Hochul has taken a job with Delaware North to serve as the company's general counsel.

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U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. has put in his retirement papers and will leave his high-profile position in three weeks.

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Opponents of a planned fracked gas power plant in the Hudson Valley say they are hoping the U.S. Attorney will investigate decisions made in the permitting process for the plan, now that it has been revealed that the wife of a former top aide to Cuomo took payments from the lead engineering firm in the project, and that her husband is the subject of a federal probe.

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A coalition of organizations that include the U.S. Department of Justice, Erie County, Kids Escaping Drugs and a number of local colleges, among others, is sponsoring the session titled, "Our Community, Our Epidemic: Turning Drug Awareness into Action." The goal is to teach people about the issue and create an action plan to deal with the area's growing drug problem.


A former lawyer from Chautauqua County may be facing as much as 20 years in prison and a $250-thousand fine on a federal charge of mail fraud for a nearly three year long ponzi scheme.

City of Lockport Police

A young man from Medina may be facing up to five years in prison for charges of threatening the President of the United States.


Drug seizure called one of the largest in U.S. history

Aug 5, 2015
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U.S. Attorney William Hochul on Wednesday announced what he called one of the largest drug seizures in the nation's history.  The bust included fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, all of which were intended for distribution in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

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It has been a banner year for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo.

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A public health warning has been issued by the law enforcement and medical community regarding a dramatic increase in fatal drug overdoses in the Buffalo area.

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A former Common Council member who is also employed as a Buffalo Police officer is facing federal charges for allegedly abusing sick leave at his job. 

Police say Robert Quintana, 50, was arrested this morning and charged with mail fraud and healthcare fraud. Quintana has been listed as 'injured on duty' since 2005 and has been receiving full pay and benefits. He had told the Police Department he had severe back injuries from a fall on duty.