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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Monday, September 22, 2014

Barker Woman Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge


BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Erin Dwyer, 34, of Barker, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import alpha-PVP, a synthetic narcotic, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both.

Assistant U.S Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who is handling the case, stated that between September 2013, and January 16, 2014, Dwyer, along with co-defendants Richard Dwyer and David Jackson, conspired to import the synthetic narcotics from China using the Internet. The packages were then delivered to Richard Dwyer via the United States Postal Service.  Richard Dwyer will be sentenced on November 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., and David Jackson will be sentenced on November 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

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, and the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Shelly Binkowski.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

Updated November 19, 2014