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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Buffalo Man Sentenced On Drug And Firearm Charges

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Spiwe Barnes, 34, of Buffalo, NY, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to 120 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, stated that beginning in early 2010 and continuing through June 14, 2011, the defendant distributed between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine in the Buffalo area. Barnes and co-defendant Anthony Avery initially obtained cocaine from a source in Ohio. This source utilized Linda Johnson to transport the cocaine to Barnes and Avery in Buffalo. Later on, Barnes and Avery obtained cocaine from Tyree Bishop, who was obtaining the cocaine in Detroit, Michigan.

All four defendants have all been convicted.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard. Assistance was also provided by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Frank Sedita.

Updated June 17, 2015