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Buffalo man convicted following jury trial of selling cocaine and crack cocaine

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has found Collins Pettway, 32, of Buffalo, NY, guilty of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, possession and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine, and maintaining a drug involved premises. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40, and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles J Volkert, Jr. and Maura K. O’Donnell, who handled the prosecution of the case at trial, stated that between February 2015 and March 7, 2015, the defendant conspired with others to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in the City of Buffalo. Pettway used a residence on Eggert Road in Buffalo to store the cocaine and crack cocaine. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers conducted five controlled purchases from the defendant. The jury acquitted defendant’s brother, Michael Pettway, who had also been charged.

Today’s verdict is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.