Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent in Charge

January 25, 2018

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-2906

Drugs Sent From Puerto Rico To Buffalo Led To Man’s Conviction

BUFFALO, N.Y. - James J. Hunt, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the Drug Enforcement (DEA), and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that that William Padovani, 37, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of narcotics conspiracy, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, stated that in November 2014, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service intercepted a package shipped from Puerto Rico to an address in Buffalo. A search warrant was executed on the package, which contained cocaine and heroin packaged inside coffee grounds. After removing the controlled substances, the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a controlled delivery of the package. During the delivery, the defendant arrived at the address and placed the package inside of his car. After he began to drive away, Padovani was arrested.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Division, and the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector-in-Charge Shelly Binkowski.

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