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

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Buffalo Man Sentenced On 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 Ivan Hernandez, 24, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that law enforcement officers intercepted a package mailed from Puerto Rico to a residence on Hudson Street in Buffalo. The package contained a set of audio speakers, secreted inside, four packets of cocaine, each weighing approximately one-eighth of a kilogram. Hernandez attempted to retrieve the package as it was delivered and was arrested after a sensor alerted that the package was opened.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division.

Updated May 6, 2016