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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 31, 2017
James P. Kennedy, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Olean Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin and Gun Charges

BUFFALO, N.Y.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jose Dejesus, 35, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of ammunition before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. Parisi, who handled the case, stated that on November 10, 2016, Buffalo Police officers executed a search warrant at 224 Virginia Street. After entering the residence, officers found the defendant in the rear bedroom. Officers recovered 16 envelopes containing heroin, 17 pieces of paper containing cocaine, and a plastic bag of marijuana. Officers also found a digital scale and packaging materials in the rear bedroom as well as a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition. Dejesus was convicted in state court of a felony in 2003 and is prohibited from legally possessing ammunition.


The plea is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.


Sentencing is scheduled for December 14, 2017 before Judge Arcara.


New York Field Division