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Niagara Falls Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy Charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Wally Reynolds, 36, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 kilograms of marijuana. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who is handling the case, stated that Reynolds supervised other individuals in a drug conspiracy who imported marijuana from Canada into the United States. The defendant then distributed the marijuana to his customers in the United States.

The plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 6, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

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