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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Buffalo Brothers On Charges Of Narcotics Conspiracy And Selling Fentanyl

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an 11-count indictment charging Arquan Butler aka Easy, 25, and Jahaun Butler, 25, both of Buffalo, NY, with narcotics conspiracy, and distribution of crack cocaine and fentanyl. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a fine up to $1,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis A. Testani, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between May 9 and July 5, 2023, the defendants conspired with others to sell fentanyl and crack cocaine in the Buffalo and Cheektowaga, NY, areas. The investigation included controlled purchases of crack cocaine and/or fentanyl on 10 separate occasions.  

Jahuan Butler appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr.  today for a detention hearing and was released on conditions. Arquan Butler will be arraigned on September 28, 2023.  

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian Ratajczak, and the Amherst Police Department, under the direction of Chief Scott Chamberlin.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  


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Barbara Burns


Updated September 11, 2023

Drug Trafficking