CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Nathaniel Myers a/k/a Stretch, 29, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 500 grams or more of cocaine, and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeremiah E. Lenihan and Joel L. Violanti, who handled the case, stated that the defendant has been in custody at the Niagara County Jail pending the resolution of two separate federal indictments. While at the Niagara County Jail, Myers, in early 2020, made arrangements for kilogram quantities of heroin to be delivered to Buffalo from both North Carolina and California. In May of 2020, the DEA also seized quantities of cocaine as well as a package containing 3,000 pills of suspected fentanyl/Percocet from individuals who were conspiring with defendant. During recorded jail calls, defendant discussed such seizures with his coconspirators.
On June 4, 2020, a package was delivered to one of defendants coconspirators who then left his residence carrying a white plastic bag and drove away in his vehicle. Law enforcement officers attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, but the coconspirator sped away and engaged in a high-speed chase, eluding officers for approximately a mile on Route 33. During the chase, the coconspirator, who was eventually arrested on state charges, threw a plastic bag from his window. After being released from custody, the coconspirator drove to the area where he discarded the plastic bag; however, the plastic bag was replaced by investigators with a “sham” package of narcotics. On July 14, 2020, the cocconspirator was taken into custody on a federal arrest warrant. A search warrant was executed at his residence on East Lovejoy Street in Buffalo and on his car. Investigators recovered suspected cocaine, a scale, mixing bowl, bottles of cutting agents, gloves, plastic bags for packaging, and a hydraulic press.
Previously, between February and July of 2015, the defendant, along with several others, distributed crack cocaine base throughout the areas of Lombard, Rother, Gibson, and Playter Streets in Buffalo. During this same time, Myers would supply the crack cocaine to his co-conspirators for further re-sale. In addition, while pending sentencing on his 2015 case, between August 9 and August 23, 2018, the defendant conspired to sell butyryl fentanyl to an undercover police officer on two separate occasions.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood; and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Michael Filicetti.
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