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Niagara Falls Man Arrested, Facing Cocaine And Fentanyl Distribution 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 Jake Seright, 40, of Niagara Falls, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, and possession with the intent to distribute 10 grams or more of fentanyl. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Misha A. Coulson, who is handling the case, stated that on July 19, 2019, investigators obtained a federal search warrant for the defendant’s Zito Drive apartment in Niagara Falls. In anticipation of executing the search warrant, investigators conducted surveillance in the vicinity during the afternoon and evening hours of August 5, 2019. At approximately 11:20 p.m., a vehicle stop was conducted of a vehicle the defendant was driving. A quantity of marijuana was recovered from Seright, who was arrested at that time.

On August 6, 2019, investigators executed the search warrant at the Zito Drive apartment and seized approximately two kilograms of cocaine and 88 grams of suspected fentanyl from the apartment.

The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and are being held pending a detention hearing on August 9, 2019.

The complaint 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, and the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Superintendent Thomas Licata.

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 August 7, 2019

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