Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that on February 26, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence on West Delavan Avenue. During the search, officers recovered more than 100 grams of heroin, drug packaging paraphernalia, and $4,000 in cash. Figueroa was arrested along with co-defendants Julio Sanchez and Tomas Figueroa. Two other defendants, Steven Martinez and Jeffrey Coleman, were also arrested that day. All five defendants have been convicted; Elias Figueroa is the third to be sentenced.
Charges against two other individuals, who were also arrested that day and are alleged to have been part of a heroin distribution conspiracy that was bringing heroin to Buffalo from New York City, remain pending.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.