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Buffalo man pleads guilty to drug charge

STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jesus Rojas, 32, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine and crack cocaine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that between October 27, 2016, and October 23, 2017, the defendant sold cocaine to a confidential source working with law enforcement officers on five separate occasions. On January 5, 2017, a search warrant was executed at Rojas’s residence on Military Road in Tonawanda. Officers seized over 25 grams of marijuana and a digital scale. A second search warrant was executed on October 23, 2017, and officers seized another quantity of marijuana.

The plea 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.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 20, 2018, before Judge Arcara.