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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Niagara Falls Man Sentenced On Heroin Charge

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Shaquan M. Shingledecker, 23, of Niagara Falls, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute heroin, was sentenced to 30 months by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The defendant will serve his federal sentence once he completes a 24 month sentence he is currently serving for a New York State Parole violation.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who handled the case, stated that on February 2, 2017, New York State Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the defendant for a missing front license plate. Shingledecker did not pull over, but instead lead police on a high-speed chase at over 95 miles per hour through commercial and residential sections of Niagara Falls. The defendant lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the side of a house located at the intersection of Girard Avenue and 75th Street in Niagara Falls.

Inside Shingledecker’s vehicle at the accident scene, police found 95 glassine envelopes containing heroin, a loaded Ruger handgun with 10 rounds of ammunition, and $1,439.08 in United States currency.

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division; and the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Superintendent Bryan DalPorto.

Updated February 27, 2018