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Lockport Man Arrested On Drug Charges

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. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Dion Cheatham, 41, of Lockport, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the defendant is accused of selling heroin and fentanyl at his place of employment in the Bewley Building in Lockport and in a residential neighborhood in Lockport. As part of the federal investigation, Cheatham was identified by a victim who overdosed on fentanyl which was purchased from Cheatham.

The defendant is being detained.

The complaint 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, the Lockport Police Department, under the direction of Chief Lawrence Eggert and the Niagara County Drug Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff James Voutour.

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.

Updated December 16, 2015