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Albion Man Sentenced For Importing Α-Pvp

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Donald Stirk, 36, of Albion, NY, who was convicted of importing α-PVP into the United States, was sentenced to 48 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who handled the case, stated that on March 5, 2015, Customs and Border Protection officers in Memphis, Tennessee conducted a routine inspection of a package mailed from China and addressed to the defendant in Albion. The inspection revealed that the package contained α-PVP (sometimes known as “flakka”), a Schedule I controlled substance. On March 13, 2015, law enforcement officers inspected another package from China addressed to the defendant, this time at the Albion Post Office, which again revealed α-PVP.  Subsequent investigation revealed more such packages at the Albion Post Office. On April 15, 2015, officers performed a controlled delivery of several of the packages to the defendant at his Albion residence and then executed a search warrant at the residence revealing an additional quantity of α-PVP.

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

Updated March 28, 2016