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Western District of New York

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges


   BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Travis Birdsong, 35, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie J. Foschio, to possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40, a $5,000,000 fine or both.

                Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that on June 5, 2013, Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration searched a vehicle that the defendant was in and seized a quantity of crack cocaine. Also on June 5, law enforcement officers searched the defendant’s residence and seized a quantity of cocaine and scales and packaging materials. In addition, a confidential informant purchased cocaine from Birdsong on two separate occasions.

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

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.
Updated November 24, 2014