Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent in Charge

February 13, 2020

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-2906

Cocaine trafficker sentenced in Western District of New York

BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration New York Division Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan announced today that Tammy Hoover, 41, of Niagara Falls, NY, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura A. Higgins and Misha Coulson, who handled the case, said that between December 2016 and Dec. 27, 2016, the defendant conspired with others to distribute cocaine in the Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY, areas. 

Sometime in December 2016, Hoover agreed to receive delivery of a U.S. Postal Service parcel, which contained a quantity of cocaine, at her residence on North Avenue in Niagara Falls. The defendant did so at the request of co-conspirators and expected a monetary payment in exchange for her role in taking the delivery and safeguarding the parcel.

Prior to delivery, the parcel was intercepted by the U.S. Postal Service and was searched pursuant to a federal search warrant. The parcel contained a large quantity of cocaine packaged within a plastic file box in five separately wrapped kilogram-sized bricks. The parcel was then repackaged with sham materials and a controlled delivery was conducted on Dec. 27, 2016. Hoover received the package at her residence, and signed for it. The defendant was arrested at that time.  The parcel was recovered from within the residence.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the DEA Buffalo Resident Office, and the Niagara Falls Police Department.

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