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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Buffalo Man And Woman Charged In Superseding Indictment With Heroin And Fentanyl Conspiracy

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Jawayne Watkins, 29, aka Weezy, and Anika Williams, 42, both of Buffalo, NY, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, and 4-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin and 4-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years in prison, and a fine of $5,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that according to the superseding indictment and a previously filed complaint, in July 2017, an undercover officer made a $1,500 controlled purchase of heroin and 4-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl from Watkins. On November 9, 2017, Watkins made a second sale, this time a mixture of heroin and 4-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl.  

Watkins was on New York State parole and living in a halfway house at the time of his arrest in November 2017.

Anika Williams was arraigned before U.S, Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and released on conditions following a detention hearing this morning. Jawayne Watkins is scheduled to be arraigned on June 26, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. 

The superseding indictment is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard.    

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.  

Updated June 22, 2018