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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
William J. Hochul, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Buffalo Man Sentenced on Drug and Gun Charges

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that George Torres, 53, of Buffalo N.Y., who was convicted of unlawfully possessing with intent to distribute more than 200 grams of heroin and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to 168 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The court also ordered the forfeiture of $368,270.00 in drug proceeds and three firearms. Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the sentencing, stated that on November 13, 2012, Buffalo Police and the FBI executed a search warrant at the defendant=s residence at 55 Garner Avenue in Buffalo. During the search, law enforcement officers seized over 200 grams of heroin, three handguns, and $368,000 in United States currency. The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by members of the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid.
New York Field Division