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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of New York

For Immediate Release

May 23, 2013

William J. Hochul, Jr., United States Attorney

Contact: Barbara Burns
(716) 843-5817

Buffalo Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jesus Antonio Cotto, 43, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted following a jury trial of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 78 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas S. Duszkiewicz and Frank T. Pimentel, who handled the case, stated that the defendant attempted to sell cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Drug Enforcement Administration. As a result, law enforcement officers searched Cotto's Buffalo residence and recovered an additional amount of cocaine, a handgun, scale and the wrappings from 3 kilograms of cocaine.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, New York Region, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Frank J. Christiano, Resident Agent in Charge.