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Puerto Rican Man Plead Guilty To Drug Charge

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.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Alberto Rosado-Leon, 36, of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Felicetta, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant, along with co-defendants Wendell Delgado-Sanchez and Figuerora Suarez, conspired to distribute cocaine from an apartment located on Dearborn Street in Buffalo, New York. On March 5, 2015, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the apartment and recovered 1,368 grams of cocaine in a safe and a 9mm pistol.

Officers also recovered a surveillance video system from inside the apartment that displayed the activities inside the apartment from February 27, 2015, through March 5, 2015. A review of the video demonstrates that during that time period, all three defendants were present weighing, mixing, and packaging cocaine for distribution. The video also depicts occasions when the defendants completed drug transactions with customers.

Wendell Delgado-Sanchez has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing. Figuerora Suarez was convicted and sentenced to 60 months in prison.

Today’s plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division. 

Sentencing is scheduled for October 18, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Vilardo.

Updated June 27, 2017