Lockport Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Charge

Crack cocaine. Stock Photo by DEA.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that 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 November 29 and December 20, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted controlled purchases of cocaine from the defendant. On February 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.

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The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 18, 2022, before Judge Vilardo.

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