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July 3, 2014

Lackawanna Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Yasin Abdulla, 35, of Lackawanna, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, was sentenced to 24 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, stated that between late 2005 and May of 2007, co-defendant Mohamed Taher ran a long running, multi-faceted criminal enterprise that employed multiple narcotics traffickers, including the defendant. Taher and the enterprise imported marijuana into the United States from Canada, and then distributed the marijuana to others in Detroit, Chicago and Buffalo.

Mohamed Taher was convicted at trial and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Defendants Abdulfatah Mosed, Salah Mohamed Ahmed, Basheer Saleh, and Bradley Parry were also convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero, Customs and Border Protection, under the direction Randy Howe, Director of Field Operations, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Michael Cerretto, the Michigan State Police and the Willoughby Hills, Ohio Police Department.

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