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Written by on August 8, 2019

Mexican citizen busted in Warsaw faces possible life in prison after guilty plea.
Mexican citizen, 48 year old Humberto Martinez-Vega, has admitted in federal court to engaging in a drug dealing conspiracy with another illegal immigrant as he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of one kilogram or more of heroin.
Martinez-Vega was stopped by State Troopers in Warsaw on July 26th of last year with another citizen of Mexico, 27 year old Giovani Ramirez-Soto, as a passenger.
Martinez-Vega provided police an expired Georgia identification card and authorized police consent to search the vehicle.
Officers called a State Police K9 unit to the scene which resulted in the discovery of 1,200 grams of suspected heroin, and approximately 421 grams of suspected methamphetamine hidden behind the front dashboard of the vehicle.
It was later determined that both men were in the country illegally.
Martinez-Vega is looking at a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
Co-conspirator Giovani Ramirez-Soto has been convicted and awaits sentencing.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled the new GLOW With Your Hands career exploration program for students to engage in activities associated with careers like electrical wiring and advanced manufacturing.
At the Genesee County Fairgrounds yesterday, Hochul commended the program’s benefits for students’ education and the regional economy.

Economic development agencies and education groups in the four counties partnered to plan this day-long, hands-on workforce event on September 24th.

New GCASA Social Center location gains approval.
The Town of Batavia Planning Board approved a permit for the GCASA recovery social center at the former Bohn’s Restaurant location.
Kathleen Miller, a supporter of the project, spoke to the board about the unique features of the space.

In response to concerns about people smoking outside, GCASA’s John Bennett reassured that there will be a designated smoking area on the property.

Governor Cuomo is calling on Democratic presidential candidates to endorse what he’s calling a “Make America Safer Pledge.”
It’s a four-point plan the governor believes will help keep Americans safe from gun violence.
Steps include banning assault weapons with high-capacity magazines, creating a mental health database to keep dangerous people from owning guns and passing universal background checks.
The governor’s request for action and others like it have come on the heels of weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Buffalo Bills fans will get a chance to see their team in action tonight.
The Bills are hosting the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field for their first preseason game of the new NFL season.
The game will serve as a homecoming for former Bills quarterback and current Colts coach Frank Reich.
Kickoff for tonight’s contest is set for seven o’clock.

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