October 12, 2018
Contact: Erin Mulvey
Phone Number: (212) 337-3900
Jury trial results in conviction of cocaine and crack dealer
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Acting Special Agent in Charge Keith Kruskall, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has found Collins Pettway, 32, of Buffalo, N.Y., guilty of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, possession and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine, and maintaining a drug-involved premises. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40, and a $5,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles J Volkert, Jr. and Maura K. O’Donnell, who handled the prosecution of the case at trial, stated that between February 2015 and March 7, 2015, the defendant conspired with others to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in the City of Buffalo. Pettway used a residence on Eggert Road in Buffalo to store the cocaine and crack cocaine. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers conducted five controlled purchases from the defendant. The jury acquitted defendant’s brother, Michael Pettway, who had also been charged.
Today’s verdict is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Departmen, and the DEA Buffalo Resident Office.
Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.