BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Jenay Cepeda-Nieves, 22, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with assaulting a federal officer, which carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis A. Testani, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on July 6, 2023, United States Customs and Border Protection intercepted a parcel containing approximately 463 grams of cocaine mailed from the U.S. Virgin Islands to a residence on Koons Avenue in Buffalo, bearing both a fictious sender and receiver. On July 11, 2023, investigators conducted a controlled delivery of the parcel, replacing the cocaine with “sham” cocaine. After the parcel was accepted and taken inside the residence, a federal search warrant was executed, during which Cepeda-Nieves refused to follow commands and attempted to fight with investigators and abscond. When he was taken into custody, Cepeda-Nieves bit a Customs and Border Protection Taskforce Officer, on the leg, causing pain and bruising.
The complaint plea is the result of an investigation by United States Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Rose Brophy, Director of Field Operations, Homeland Security Investigations Buffalo Border Enforcement Security Taskforce, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Boston Division, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Ketty Larco-Ward.
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.
# # # #