Convicted drug trafficker sentenced to 14 years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man who was found guilty of trafficking heroin and possessing a firearm is in for a long time behind bars.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara sentenced George Torres, 53, to 14 years behind bars and ordered to forfeit $368,270 in drug sale proceeds.  Three guns were also confiscated.

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Torres could have faced up to life behind bars and a $5 million fine after being convicted of unlawfully possessing with intent to distribute more than 200 grams of heroin and possessing a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking. In 2012 a search warrant turned up three handguns, 200 grams of heroin and over $300,000 in cash.

Torres’ minimum time he could have served behind bars for his conviction was 10 years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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