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

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Niagara Falls Woman Going To Prison For Conspiring To Distribute 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 Tammy Hoover, 41, of Niagara Falls, NY, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura A. Higgins and Misha Coulson, who handled the case, stated that between December 2016 and December 27, 2016, the defendant conspired with others to distribute cocaine in the Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY, areas. 

Sometime in December 2016, Hoover agreed to receive delivery of a U.S. Postal Service parcel, which contained a quantity of cocaine, at her residence on North Avenue in Niagara Falls. The defendant did so at the request of co-conspirators, and expected a monetary payment in exchange for her role in taking the delivery and safeguarding the parcel.

Prior to delivery, the parcel was intercepted by the U.S. Postal Service and was searched pursuant to a federal search warrant. The parcel contained a large quantity of cocaine packaged within a plastic file box in five separately wrapped kilogram-sized bricks. The parcel was then repackaged with sham materials and a controlled delivery was conducted on December 27, 2016. Hoover received the package at her residence, and signed for it. The defendant was arrested at that time.  The parcel was recovered from within the residence.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division, and the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Superintendent Thomas Licata.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated February 13, 2020