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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hamburg Man Charged With Illegally Importing Heroin And Cocaine

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Torin Finver, 54, of Hamburg, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with importation of a controlled substance. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers intercepted a padded mailer addressed to the defendant’s Hamburg residence. A CBP K-9 alerted officers to the package. The parcel was from Germany and a check of law enforcement databases revealed that the sender information was fictitious.  The parcel contained three grams of a white powdery substance, which field tested positive for cocaine.

On December 10, 2018, during review of incoming mail in Rochester, NY, Postal Inspectors located a parcel, again addressed to Finver’s Hamburg residence. A K-9 sniff of the parcel resulted in a positive alert. On December 12, 2018, a search warrant was executed on the parcel. The parcel contained three small envelopes with a brown rock-like substance, which field tested positive for heroin.

On December 12 and December 15, 2018, two more similar parcels addressed to the defendant were located, one in Rochester, and one in Hamburg. A search warrant was executed on one of the parcels, which was found to contain suspected cocaine. The second parcel is in the custody of law enforcement.

On December 17, 2018, a controlled delivery was conducted at Finver’s residence. Law enforcement officers replaced the cocaine that was seized from the first parcel and replaced with sham. An officer knocked on the door and the defendant answered. Finver took the parcel into the residence. Officers then executed a federal search warrant of Finver’s residence. The defendant was subsequently taken into custody.

The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was released on conditions.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Boston Division Inspector-in-Charge Joseph W. Cronin.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated December 18, 2018