For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
, United States Attorney
James P. Kennedy, Jr.
Contact: Barbara Burns
Orchard Park Man Arrested on Multiple Drug and Gun Charges
New York Field Division
BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Felix Calderon-Valcarcel, 28, of Orchard Park, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with the intent to distribute, and distribution of, five kilograms or more of cocaine, maintaining a drug-involved premises, possessing of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possessing of a firearm as a convicted felon. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in September of 2018, members of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service intercepted a suspicious parcel of mail addressed to 179 East Abbott Grove Avenue in Orchard Park, NY, which is the defendant’s residence. On September 24, 2018, inspectors executed a federal search warrant of the parcel which was determined to contain cocaine. In February 2019, another suspicious parcel addressed to 179 East Abbott Grove Avenue in Orchard Park was intercepted, and again it contained suspected cocaine.
On March 26, 2019, investigators approached Calderon-Valcarcel who was in a silver Toyota Camry parked near the intersection of Stevenson Street and Cumberland Avenue in Buffalo. The defendant was observed counting a large quantity of U.S. currency.
Calderon-Valcarcel was taken into custody. During a search of the car, investigators recovered a kilogram of suspected cocaine in the trunk of the vehicle.
Subsequently, a search warrant was executed at the Calderon-Valcarcel’s East Abbott Grove Avenue residence. Seized during the search warrant were four kilograms of suspected cocaine and a 9mm caliber handgun.
The defendant was previously convicted in 2015 in Erie County Court of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a Class A-II felony.
As a result, Calderon-Valcarcel is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. The defendant will make an initial appearance on March 28, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Boston Division Inspector-in-Charge Joseph W. Cronin; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; The Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; the Orchard Park Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief E. Joseph Wehrfritz; the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Michel; and the Hamburg Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gregory Wickett.
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.