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Buffalo Man Arrested, Charged With Distributing Heroin

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

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jose Ramos-Escalera, 29, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. Parisi, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, between July 18, 2017, and September 26, 2017, the defendant distributed amounts of heroin and possessed heroin with intent to distribute in the Buffalo area. 

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, 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.

Updated September 29, 2017