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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Puerto Rican Men Plead Guilty To Drug Charge

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Wendell Delgado-Sanchez, and Jairo Figueroa-Suarez, both of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. In addition, Delgado-Sanchez pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.   

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Felicetta, who is handling the case, stated that on March 5, 2015, the defendants sold a confidential source 71 grams of cocaine at an apartment on Dearborn Street in Buffalo. Later that same day, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the apartment and recovered 1,368 grams of cocaine in a safe and a Jiminez Arms, model J.A. Nine, 9mm luger 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, Delgado-Sanchez and Figueroa-Suarez were present weighing, mixing, and packaging cocaine for distribution. The video also depicts occasions when the defendants completed drug transactions with customers.

The pleas are 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. 

Jairo Figueroa-Suarez will be sentenced on May 11, 2017. Wendell Delgado-Sanchez is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15, 2017.  Both sentencings will occur before Judge Vilardo.

Updated January 31, 2017