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Four Charged in Capital Region Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Four people have been indicted for conspiring to distribute cocaine that was mailed from Puerto Rico to the Capital Region, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Ketty Larco-Ward, Postal Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).

The indictment alleges that between June 2021 and December 2021, in Albany and Rensselaer Counties, the following four men engaged in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine:

  • Jan Lopez-Colon, age 28, of Troy, New York;
  • Jesus Baez, age 32, of Loudonville, New York;
  • Ilvin Batista-Figueroa, age 31, of Albany; and
  • Sam Calderon, age 20, of Troy.

According to a complaint previously filed in the case, over the period of June to December 2021, the defendants obtained numerous packages shipped by U.S. Mail from Puerto Rico to addresses in the Capital Region, and each package contained approximately one kilogram of cocaine.  The packages were then retrieved by the defendants and transported to Troy, where the cocaine was processed for distribution.  The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The four defendants are also each charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and Baez is also charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition.

The charges filed against Lopez-Colon carry a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of up to $10 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life.  Baez, Batista-Figueroa, and Calderon each face a minimum sentence of 5 years and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years and up to life. 

Lopez-Colon and Baez were arraigned this week before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel.  Lopez-Colon is detained pending trial before Senior United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe.  Baez is detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for September 9.  Batista-Figueroa and Calderon waived arraignment and are released pending trial.

This case is being investigated by the USPIS and its Capital Region Task Force, led by the USPIS and including the Albany Police Department, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, and the Schenectady Police Department, as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin S. Clark.

Updated September 8, 2022

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