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Florida Man Sentenced On Marijuana Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

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 Travis Beckley, 63, of Miami, FL, who was convicted of attempt to possess with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana, was sentenced to 24 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that on August 10, 2016, the defendant attempted to receive a shipment of approximately 145 pounds of high-grade marijuana. The marijuana was in individual bags, each weighing approximately one pound, all of which were packed into four barrels in three wooden crates. These crates were shipped from the State of Nevada to a storage locker located in Erie County, NY. Beckley traveled from Miami to Western New York, signed for the marijuana load, and was immediately arrested by law enforcement officers.

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 Hamburg Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gregory Wickett.

Updated October 30, 2017