Tonawanda man arrested on drug charges
BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Peter N. Militello, 32, of Tonawanda, N.Y., was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin and crack cocaine. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Opanga, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, between January 25, 2010 and February 25, 2010, the defendant sold heroin and crack cocaine on several occasions in the City of Buffalo. The complaint further alleges that on February 25, law enforcement officers searched a room at a hotel on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, N.Y. where Militello was staying. Inside, officers recovered crack cocaine and other drug paraphernalia.
The complaint is the result of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, and the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Zack.
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.