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Buffalo man arrested on cocaine charge

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Nicholas Piraino, 30, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with distribution of cocaine, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that on November 1, 2023, investigators conducted a controlled purchase of approximately two ounces of cocaine from Piraino for $2,300. During the exchange, Piraino discussed selling two or three kilograms of cocaine the following week.

Piraino made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and was released on conditions.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia.

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.    

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Barbara Burns


Updated November 15, 2023

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