(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Charles Williams, 49, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan K. Glaberson, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on October 1, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at a residence on Hughes Avenue in Buffalo, after observing the defendant leave the residence. During the search warrant, investigators recovered $15,000 in cash, approximately nine ounces of a white powdery substance, a .22 caliber rifle, and a small amount of green leafy substance.
During the execution of the search warrant, a traffic stop was conducted on Williams’ vehicle and he was taken into custody.
The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was released on conditions.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard; the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Buffalo, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; and Homeland Security Investigations-Buffalo, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.
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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