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

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Niagara Falls Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE:  (716) 843-5817
FAX #:                 (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Ronald Carter, 59, of Niagara Falls, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years, a maximum of 40 years and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that between December 2010 and April 4, 2011, distributed multiple quantities of cocaine in the Niagara Falls, NY area. On April 4, 2011, officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s 10th Street residence and seized 1.3 kilograms of cocaine, three kilograms of marijuana and $51,913 in United States currency.  

The defendant was arrested along with four others. Carter is the fourth defendant to be convicted.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge J. Michael Kennedy and the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief Bryan DalPorto.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 26, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

Updated May 6, 2015