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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Buffalo Woman Sentenced On Drug Charge

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Latifah Donaldson, 24, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of maintaining a drug involved premises, was sentenced to time served and two years of supervised release to include six months of home detention by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the prosecution, stated that between January 2013 and April 3, 2013, the defendant allowed her co-defendants to utilize her apartment, which was located on the grounds of the Perry Housing Projects, to manufacture, possess and distribute crack cocaine. As part of this conspiracy, a co-defendant maintained several locations on the grounds of the Perry Housing Projects in Buffalo, including Donaldson’s apartment.

On April 3, 2013, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at 124 Fulton Street and 305 Perry Street during which they recovered over 300 grams of cocaine base and 700 grams of powered cocaine as well as a firearm.

Donaldson was arrested in April 2013 along with 10 others. All defendants have been convicted.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Adam S. Cohen, Special Agent-in-Charge, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Steven Nigrelli, and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

Updated December 6, 2016