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

Monday, September 21, 2015

Cattaraugus Man Sentenced On Drug And Gun Charges

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Joseph Tigano, III, 51, who was convicted of manufacturing in excess of 1000 marijuana plants; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; maintaining a premises for the manufacturing of marijuana; conspiracy to manufacture and possess marijuana and maintain a premises for the manufacturing of marijuana; and being a felon in possession of a firearms, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.      

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who handled the case, stated that on July 8, 2008, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s Mill St. factory. During the search, officers discovered an active hydroponic marijuana grow operation which included 1414 plants. In addition, officers seized 100 pounds of harvested and processed marijuana packaged for sale. The estimated value of the processed marijuana is between $300,000 and $500,000.

Officers also seized three firearms, United States currency, money orders, and savings bonds. Also seized were a 2007 Cadillac Escalade, a 2005 Jeep Cherokee Limited, and a 2007 Haulmark Trailer.

Tigano was arrested on July 8, 2008 along with his father, Joseph Tigano, Sr., who was also convicted and sentenced to time served and three years supervised release. 
Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, with the assistance of the Cattaraugus County Sherriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb, and the Southern Tier Regional Task Force, under the direction of Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ronald Lott, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Shantelle P. Kitchen, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit, under the direction of Timothy Howard.

Updated September 22, 2015