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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Buffalo Man Indicted On Heroin And Fentanyl Charges

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 an indictment charging Jawayne Watkins, 29, of Buffalo, NY, with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, and possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000.

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

Watkins was on New York State parole and living in a halfway house at the time of his arrest in November 2017. The defendant will be arraigned on the indictment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy on February 2, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.

The 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 February 1, 2018