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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Buffalo Man And Woman On Narcotics Conspiracy And Cocaine 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 that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Jose A Solis-Pizarro, 35, and Mirelys Camacho Betancourt, 25, both of Buffalo, NY, with narcotics conspiracy and attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caitlin M. Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, on February 1, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant on a USPS Priority Mail Parcel addressed to a residence on Parker Avenue in Buffalo. Inside the parcel was approximately one kilogram of suspected cocaine. On February 2, 2021, defendant Camacho Betancourt arrived at the Parker Avenue residence and asked the USPS mail carrier if he had a parcel, specifically an express/priority box. On February 3, 2021, at approximately 11:00 a.m., an investigator attempted to conduct a controlled delivery of the parcel but there was no answer from within the residence. While the investigator was attempting delivery of the parcel, defendant Solis-Pizarro exited a vehicle across the street and approached the investigator, indicating that he lived at the residence and that the parcel was intended for him. Solis-Pizarro took the parcel, walked to the side of the residence, then emerged and got back into his vehicle with the parcel. Solis-Pizarro was taken into custody at that time and the parcel was recovered from the vehicle. Buffalo Police Officers located Camacho Betancourt a short time later in the vicinity of Tacoma and Parker Avenues. She attempted to flee in her vehicle but was taken into custody.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Boston Division Inspector-in-Charge Joshua W. McCallister, and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood.

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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Updated May 12, 2021

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