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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 27, 2017

Buffalo Men Plead Guilty In Drug Conspiracy

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Steven Martinez, 51, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. In addition, Jeffrey Coleman, 47, also of buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin. Both charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that Coleman was the courier of a heroin distribution conspiracy which brought heroin to Buffalo from New York City. Coleman was stopped on February 26, 2014, and found in possession of more than $65,000 in cash which was payment for the delivery of heroin. Within the currency was a note, written and signed by Martinez which served as a receipt for the delivery and an order for another delivery in the future. Martinez was also stopped and found in possession of more than $2000 and a small quantity of heroin.

Also on February 26, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence on West Delavan Avenue in Buffalo. During the search, officers recovered more than 100 grams of heroin, drug packaging paraphernalia, and $4,000 in cash.

The pleas are the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

Coleman is scheduled to be sentenced on May 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.; Martinez is due to be sentenced on May 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., both before Judge Vilardo.

Updated January 27, 2017