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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jibreel Williams, who was convicted of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handling the case, stated that in the early morning hours of December 11, 2016, Customs and Border Protection officers encountered the defendant, who was riding as a backseat passenger in a vehicle. Two women were also in the vehicle, the driver and a front seat passenger. The vehicle was stopped after it was observed making a U-tum on the Peace Bridge. The vehicle was then referred for a secondary inspection after the occupants could not produce identification and the odor of marijuana was noticed emanating from the vehicle. Prior to the stop of the vehicle, two other women, who were passengers in the backseat alongside Williams, had exited the vehicle and were stopped as they attempted to re-enter the United States on foot.
Once at secondary inspection, the vehicle was searched and seven individually wrapped packages of suspected crack cocaine were recovered from the backseat area, as well as a 9 millimeter, semi-automatic pistol which was determined to be stolen out of Warren, Pennsylvania.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Rose Brophy, Director of Field Operations, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.