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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 23, 2013

Lackawanna Men Indicted on Drug Charges

 

         BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a five-count indictment charging Andre Jones, Jr., 25, and Carvis McCutcheon, 33, both of Lackawanna, N.Y., with narcotics conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, or both.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Alsup, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between August 2012 and September 5, 2013, the defendants conspired together to obtain and sell cocaine and crack cocaine in the City of Lackawanna. The indictment further states that drug sales occurred within 1000 feet of the Baker Homes, a public housing facility owned by the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority . 

The indictment is the result of an investigation on the part of the City of Lackawanna Police Department under the direction of Chief James Michel, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division.

            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.