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June 23, 2014

Lackawanna Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Kenneth Sweat, 26, of Lackawanna, N.Y., pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribute crack cocaine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Alsup, who is handling the case, stated that on February 18, 2013 and February 25, 2013, the defendant sold 36 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential source working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Lackawanna Police.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Michel, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Acting Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 6, 2014, before Judge Arcara.

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