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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Buffalo man arrested on drug charges

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Keith Goss, 44, of Buffalo, N.Y., was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10,000,000 fine.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on June 12, 2013, the defendant attempted to take possession of a crate which was to be delivered to an address on Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo after being shipped from Tucson, Arizona. The crate contained 315 pounds of marijuana valued in excess of $250,000. The complaint further states that law enforcement officers intercepted the crate of marijuana before it was delivered to the Fillmore Avenue address where the defendant was awaiting its arrival.     

Goss made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy. The defendant is being held pending a detention hearing on June 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

            The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division and the Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Anthony Palombo, with the assistance of the DEA Office in Nogales, Arizona.  

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