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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 27, 2017

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Distribute Molly

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 Joshua Castro, 31, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty 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 between February 2015 and January 28, 2016, the defendant conspired with others to possess and distribute “Molly,” a Scheduled I controlled substance. Castro sold “Molly” on three separate occasions (February 5, February 18, and March 25, 2015) to a confidential source.

The plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly and the Border Enforcement Security Taskforce which includes the Ontario Provincial Police, Niagara Regional Police, Peel Regional Police and Toronto Police Services.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 20, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Geraci.

Updated January 27, 2017