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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Buffalo Man Arrested On Heroin Charge

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 Charles Newkirk, 33, of Buffalo NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that according to complaint, the defendant sold large volumes of heroin in the City of Buffalo. A confidential source made undercover purchases of cocaine from Newkirk on June 25, 2015, and July 7, 2015. Laboratory testing determined the drugs contained heroin and fentanyl.
The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer.
The complaint is the culmination of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

Updated February 1, 2017