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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
James P. Kennedy, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Niagara Falls Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Charge

BUFFALO, N.Y.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Shaquan M. Shingledecker, 25, of Niagara Falls, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling 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.

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 in Shingledecker’s vehicle.

Today’s plea 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; 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.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 15, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Wolford.

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