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Man indicted on drug and firearms charges


BUFFALO -- A federal grand jury has returned a 6-count indictment charging Demario Chatmon, 39, of Buffalo, with various drug and firearms offenses. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment as well as a $1 million fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that on May 15, 2017, a New York State search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence at 19 South Work Street, Apartment 2, in the Village of Falconer. A loaded 9 mm handgun was found in a bedroom closet along with a box of ammunition. Further, approximately 70 grams of cocaine, 176 grams of crack cocaine, and 25 grams of marijuana were found inside the residence along with drug paraphernalia. Twelve thousand dollars in United States currency, bound together by rubber-bands in $1000 bundles, was recovered from within a jacket pocket. The defendant, who has a prior felony conviction and is thus prohibited from possessing a firearm, was arrested nearby by Jamestown Police Department driving a rented Chevy Impala

The defendant was arraigned before Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and is being held.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, under the direction of Resident Agent-in-Charge Steve Dickey and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.