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Buffalo man arrested on drug charge


BUFFALO -- James H. Carter, 31, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute over 40 grams of fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and an $8,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Felicetta, who is handling the case, stated that special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and deputies from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office arrested the defendant following the execution of a search warrant at his residence in the Perry Housing Projects. Officers recovered approximately 50 grams of fentanyl, 14 grams of crack cocaine, a small amount of cocaine, scales, baggies, cutting agents, a Rohm, .22-caliber revolver, along with seven boxes of assorted ammunition.  Police also seized $4,500 in cash from which the defendant was carrying in his pants pocket.

The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was ordered detained.