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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Lackawanna Woman Sentenced For Distribution Of Crack Cocaine

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Charisma Royster, 25, of Lackawanna, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, crack cocaine, was sentenced to two years probation by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who handled the case, stated that on September 15, 2014, the defendant sold a quantity of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with officers of the Lackawanna Police Department. Subsequent analysis confirmed the presence of crack cocaine.
 
Royster is one of 18 defendants arrested in a drug trafficking operation that included sales made in and near the Gates Housing Project in Lackawanna. To date, six defendants have been convicted. 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.
 
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Adam S. Cohen, Special Agent in Charge.

Updated August 3, 2016