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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dunkirk Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Cocaine

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Michael Pacheco, aka Michael Dominguez, 27, of Dunkirk, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 500 grams or more cocaine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10,000,000 fine.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that between July 2016 and May 2, 2017, the defendant conspired with co-defendant Fred Santiago to distribute kilogram quantities of cocaine in and around the Western District of New York. Pacheco obtained cocaine from Santiago for sale and distribution to others. 

During the time of the conspiracy, the defendant made at least two undercover drug sales to law enforcement officers on April 19, 2017, and April 26, 2017. On May 2, 2017, Pacheco was arrested and found with cocaine on his person, which was intended for sale. 
               
Today’s plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division; the Evans Police Department, under the direction of Chief Douglas Czora; the Dunkirk Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Ortolano; and the Chautauqua County Drug Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff Joseph Gerace.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 20, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. before Judge Geraci. 

Updated June 21, 2018