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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Lockport man was charged Tuesday with being part of a deadly heroin ring, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr.

Trent Adair Hamilton, 33, was indicted Tuesday on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, as well as possession with intent to distribute heroin. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

Hamilton was arraigned Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy. He is being held pending a detention hearing on Friday. Hamilton was joined in indictment Tuesday by Paul Mitchell, 33, of Niagara Falls. Mitchell is facing an additional charge of possession with intent to distribute and to distribute crack cocaine.

The indictment is the result of an investigation on the part of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff James Voutour, the Lockport Police Department, under the direction of Chief Larry Eggert, the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief Bryan DalPorto, the North Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction Chief Randy Szukala, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Michael Cerretto, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office, under the direction of Eric Schneiderman.

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