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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ransomville Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Timothy S. Woodean, 53, of Ransomville, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, stated that, between 2002 and April 2010, the defendant conspired with Edward C. Lynch and  Bonnie R. Gordon and others to possess and distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. Woodean and others arranged for bulk quantities of marijuana to be smuggled from Canada into the United States, often times using spare tires stuffed with marijuana.  The vehicle used in the smuggling would then be driven to one of several locations in Niagara County, where the tire would be taken apart and the marijuana recovered for further distribution to suppliers. The suppliers purchased multiple kilogram quantities of the marijuana that had been smuggled into the United States and then sold the marijuana to other customers. Similarly, money was pooled by and between the defendant, Lynch, and others, which was secreted and transported to Canada from the United States for payment for the bulk quantities of marijuana referenced above.

Defendants Lynch and Gordon have been convicted and sentenced.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.

Updated November 10, 2016