Man admits distributing 200 pounds of cocaine

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A man admits to distributing enough cocaine for at least 1 million uses or “hits.” The Arizona man has pleaded guilty to drug and money laundering charges. US Attorney William Hochul announced that 29-year-old Shane Grafman, one of several defendants in the case, has admitted to charges that could send him to prison for at least 10 years.

Between April 2009 and February 2012, Grafman allegedly conspired with others to distribute cocaine and marijuana in the Buffalo area. The US Attorney’s Office says they got marijuana and cocaine in Arizona and used cars, trucks, shipping crates and United States Postal Service parcels to send it to Buffalo.

Grafman admitted to authorities that he distributed more than 200 pounds of cocaine and 2,000 pounds of marijuana.

The US Attorney’s Office says Grafman would use private jets to travel from Arizona to Buffalo, to pick up his drug proceeds. Authorities say they seized about $1,000,000 during their investigation, including $671,385 from a hidden compartment in a car Grafman has driven.

Other defendants charged in the case include Elijah Chaffino, of Tempe Arizona, who has been convicted nd is awaiting sentencing. Charges are still pending against defendants Jordan Ali, formerly of Alden, N.Y, Jason Nati, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Jacquelyn Witman, formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., now residing in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Grafman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, and money laundering conspiracy. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a fine of $11,342,000.

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