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September 09, 2015
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Five Arrested in Marijuana and Money Laundering Conspiracy

SEP 09 (BUFFALO, N.Y.) - James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and U.S.  Attorney William J.  Hochul  Jr.  announced  yesterday that Damarcus Hennings, 24, Shaquata Hennings, 28, Arthur Clark, 27, Shahana Beaver, 23, and Janice Humphrey, 26, all of Buffalo, NY, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and launder money, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.  The marijuana charges carry a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5,000,000 fine.    The money laundering charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who is handling the case, stated that according  to  the  indictment,  between  April  2015  and  August  2015,  the  defendants conspired to and received packages containing marijuana that were shipped from Denver, Colorado via a commercial delivery service.  The defendants also conspired to send the cash proceeds from resulting marijuana sales to the supplier in Denver.  In all, more than
100  such  packages  were  shipped  to  Buffalo  during  the  course  of  the  conspiracy. Dashawn Abrams, the Denver-based supplier, remains at large.

The five defendants made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. Damarcus and Shaquata Hennings are being held in custody pending detention hearings on September  14,  2015,  at  10:00  a.m. and 10:15  a.m., respectively,  before  Magistrate  Judge  Schroeder.    The other three defendants were released.  Beaver  and  Humphrey return  to  court  on  September  14  at  10:15  a.m. for
appearances  of  counsel,  and  Clark  returns  to  court  on  September  16  at  10:00  for appearance of counsel.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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