Third Former Local Student Sentenced For Role In Drug And Money Laundering Conspiracies
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York
CONTACT: Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Kevin Szura, 21, of Queens, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, controlled substances and money laundering conspiracy, was sentenced to 34 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that Szura conspired with co-defendant Zhe Wang to sell mollies and Xanax. The defendant also conspired with Wang to use the proceeds of their Xanax sales to buy and attempt to buy approximately $74,000 in bitcoins, and then use the bitcoins to buy more drugs for distribution. In March 2016, law enforcement agents intercepted two packages mailed from Canada and addressed to another co-defendant, Adam Brzozowski, in Amherst that each contained nearly 3,000 Xanax bars. While Szura was awaiting sentencing, officers discovered that he was continuing to conspire with others to sell these drugs. All three defendants, who were UB students during the pendency of the conspiracies, have now been convicted and sentenced.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Shelly Binkowski.
Updated May 9, 2017