City Man Convicted Of Drug Charges

BUFFALO — A federal jury has convicted Andrew Garner, 37, of Jamestown of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel L. Violanti and Emmanuel O. Ulubiyo, who handled the prosecution of the case, said between April and September 2016, the defendant conspired with others to distribute cocaine in the Jamestown area. Garner was indicted in March 2017 after he and 34-year-old Juan Pacheco, allegedly received large quantities of drugs from California that were smuggled into the United States from Mexico. The investigation included the Drug Enforcement Administration working collaboratively with members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force. A search warrant was served at an East Second Street apartment that yielded bags of cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, along with baggies, scales, and a video surveillance system that covered the perimeter of the residence.

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, who presided over the trial of the case.