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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Buffalo Man Sentenced On Drug Charges

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns    
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Wallace D. Peace, 39, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine, was sentenced to 262 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary Clare Kane and George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that between January 2008 and July 29, 2008, the defendant was intercepted over New York State wiretaps, on numerous occasions, discussing cocaine-related transactions. These included conversations between Peace and co-defendant Patrick Perry during which they attempted to arrange to purchase cocaine from multiple sources of supply. Other conversations between the defendant and his customers involved the purchase and sale of crack cocaine. 

On July 29, 2008, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Peace’s residence and seized digital scales, cell phones, packaging material, 129 grams of crack cocaine, small quantities of cocaine and marijuana, $1,157 in United States currency, and two firearms.

Peace was arrested along with 30 other defendants in July 2008. All 31 defendants now stand convicted.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, New York Region; Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of James S. Higgins, Acting Special Agent in Charge; and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

Updated December 9, 2014