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Fredonia man sentenced to prison on drug conviction

A Fredonia man who previously pleaded guilty to a drug charge has been sentenced to seven years in state prison.

Nathaniel Gates Jr. appeared before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra Jr. for sentencing on the charge of possessing with intent to distribute, and distributing, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. The Fredonia man entered a guilty plea on the charge in December.

In April 2015, members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating the drug trafficking activities of the 47-year-old Gates in Chautauqua County.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, investigators made three controlled purchases of narcotics from Gates. Investigators also executed a search warrant at the his Brigham Road apartment in Fredonia and recovered illegal narcotics and items commonly used in drug distribution.

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