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Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Drug And Gun Charges

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

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Dijon Harris, 53, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $5,000,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that on September 5, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence on Hewitt Avenue in Buffalo. They recovered crack cocaine; heroin; $120,485.00 in United States currency; four firearms; ammunition; and assorted drug paraphernalia including a grinder, two digital scales, razors, scissors, spoons, plastic straws, and packaging materials.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 31, 2020, before Judge Arcara.

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Updated November 26, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses