October 25, 2018
Contact: Erin Mulvey
Phone Number: (212) 337-3900
Felon arrested on drug and gun charges
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 Felix M. Velazquez, 42, of Buffalo, N.Y., was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute 28 or more grams of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth T. Molisani, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in June 2018 the Lackawanna Police Department Narcotics Unit began investigating the narcotics trafficking activities of the defendant, a mid-level street cocaine distributor who has a large customer base in the Buffalo area. Velazquez allegedly conducted his distribution activities through his cellular phone and at his apartment on Weyand Avenue in Buffalo.
On Aug. 14, 2018, Lackawanna and Buffalo police officers executed a search warrant at the residence and seized $ 42,955 in cash, approximately six ounces of suspected cocaine, and one firearm, a loaded .380 pistol. Officers also seized two digital scales commonly used to weigh cocaine, and plastic baggies commonly used to package cocaine.
In September 2011, Velazquez was convicted in federal court of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and sentenced to 12 months in prison. As a result, the defendant is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.
The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and was released.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Lackawanna Police Department; the Buffalo Police Department; and the DEA’s Buffalo Resident Office.
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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