BUFFALO-Two Jamestown residents were recently indicted by a federal grand jury on numerous drug possession and distribution charges according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Juan Pacheco, Jr., 34, and Andrew Garner, AKA Bam, 36, were both charged with Conspiracy to Distribute over five kilograms or more of cocaine, over 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and marijuana, and Maintaining a drug involved premises.
Pacheco was also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Garner was additionally charged with distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years in prison for Pacheco and 10 years in prison for Garner. Both face a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine.
The defendants allegedly received large quantities of drugs from California that were smuggled into the United States from Mexico between April 2016 and September 2016. Authorities identified Pacheco and Garner as significant dealers in the Jamestown area.
Jamestown Police reportedly recovered bags containing cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana during a raid of Garner’s apartment May 19th, 2016. Baggies, scales and a video surveillance system were also recovered.
Garner was arrested on June 14, 2016.
Pacheco was arrested on August 18, 2016 during a raid of his alleged “stash house” located at 477 Main Street in Jamestown. Officers reportedly seized approximately nine kilograms of cocaine, more than three kilograms of methamphetamine and over six pounds of marijuana. The DEA also allegedly seized nearly $133,000 in cash from the residence and approximately $7,000 from Pacheco’s pocket upon his arrest. Two vehicles reportedly belonging to Pacheco were also seized in the raid, including a Mercedes C300 and a Ford F150.
The defendants are being detained.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division; the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, which includes officers from the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings; the Ellicott Police Department, under the direction of William L. Ohnmeiss Jr.; and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), under the direction of Lieutenant Kevin Reyes and Major David Krause.