Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York Division announced Robert Jones, 48, of Lockport, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to possessing with intent to distribute cocaine. The charge carries carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that on Nov. 29 and Dec. 20, 2017, the DEA conducted controlled purchases of cocaine from the defendant. On Feb. 23, 2018, investigators executed a search warrant at Jones’ Gooding Avenue residence and recovered a box of sandwich bags consistent with narcotics distribution, plastic bags containing cocaine residue, three digital scales containing cocaine residue, 207 grams of cocaine, approximately 33 grams of marijuana, and $12,000 in United States currency.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the DEA Buffalo District Office, New York Division.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 18, 2022, before Judge Vilardo.