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Buffalo man found guilty on multiple cocaine charges


BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has convicted Darryl M. Greene, 48, of Buffalo, NY, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine and two counts of attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. 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. Attorneys Misha Coulson and Wei Xiang, who handled the trial of the case, stated that on July 27, 2017, the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) executed a search warrant on a suspicious package mailed from San Diego, California. The package was addressed to an associate of the defendant. Inside, inspectors discovered one kilogram of suspected cocaine.

On July 28, 2017, USPIS and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a controlled delivery of the package. A package of sham cocaine was delivered to the associate’s Kensington Avenue residence. Within five minutes of the package’s delivery, Greene arrived at the residence and departed with the package. He was arrested a short time later and released.

On August 3, 2017, the USPIS executed a search warrant on another suspicious package from San Diego, California, which was addressed to a recipient identified as “W. Greene” at 1631 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo. The defendant resided at the residence with his mother. The second package contained a ½ kilogram of cocaine, and the defendant was once again arrested.

The verdict is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division, under the direction of Inspector-in-Charge Joseph W. Cronin, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 14, 2019, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo who presided over the trial of the case.

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