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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Buffalo Man Sentenced On Cocaine 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 Nelson Pacheco, 44, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, was sentenced to 108 months by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that between December 2010 and April 4, 2011, the defendant conspired with co-defendant Dennis Berard to distribute cocaine in the Buffalo area. On June 30, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Pacheco’s residence and recovered three handguns, ammunition and approximately $18,000 in cash. Dennis Berard was convicted and sentenced. 

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Border Enforcement Security Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James C. Spero, the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief Bryan DalPorto, and the Niagara County Sheriff's Department, under the direction of Sheriff James Voutour.

Updated November 3, 2016