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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Lance Parker, 44, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 500 grams or more of cocaine, was sentenced to serve 78 months in prison by U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that in July 2018, Parker conspired with co-defendants Edgar Pavia, Adrian Goudelock, Eric Young, and others, to sell cocaine. Pavia brokered bulk quantity cocaine from the Southwest border to multiple areas in the country including Buffalo, NY, Kentucky, and Georgia. On July 25, 2018, Parker met Eric Young in a parking lot in West Seneca and was observed by investigators removing a bag from his pick-up truck and putting it in the driver’s side of the tractor-trailer that Young was operating. Parker was further observed removing a different bag from the tractor-trailer. Investigators subsequently seized both bags, one contained 17 kilograms of cocaine, and the other contained 52 shrink-wrapped and taped bundles of currency, totaling $519,580. Law enforcement officers also found three plastic wrapped packages of bulk U.S. currency totaling $145,380 secreted in the tractor-trailer. A phone seized from Parker revealed text messages from co-defendant Goudelock with instructions where to go to find the tractor-trailer.
Defendants Pavia, Goudelock, and Young were previously convicted.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) – Buffalo, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eugene Staniszewski; the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff John Garcia; and Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Unit, under the direction of Brian Manaher, Director, Marine Operations. Additional assistance was provided by the New York National Guard; HSI-Louisville; the Kentucky State Police; the Louisville Metro Police; and the Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force.
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