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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 5, 2015

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

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


BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Anthony Anastasia, 48, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. 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 on November 16, 2011, Anastasia was arrested after he admitted that he was selling cocaine. The defendant also admitted to having approximately three ounces of cocaine at his residence at 32 Lovering in Buffalo.  As part of the investigation, the cocaine was seized by law enforcement. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Office.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 6, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Skretny.

Updated January 6, 2015