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City Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Charge

A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to attempting to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr. announced Wednesday that Jeffrey Guzman Suarez, 30, entered the plea, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Antoine, who is handling the case, stated that on Oct. 2, 2019, during a review of outgoing mail, U.S .Postal Inspectors were alerted to a suspicious parcel sent from Puerto Rico and addressed to Suarez.

A Niagara Frontier Transit Detection K-9 was brought in and gave a positive alert, indicating the presence of narcotics. During the execution of a search warrant on the package, inspectors discovered, concealed inside a small portable charcoal grill, an off-white chunky substance in brick form wrapped in multiple layers of plastic wrap, food storage bags, and cleaning wipes. The substance field tested positive for cocaine. On Oct. 11, 2019, the defendant went to the Jamestown Postal Office and accepted the parcel which had been replaced with “sham” cocaine.

As he attempted to exit the postal office, Suarez was arrested and taken into custody.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the United State Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Joshua McCallister, Acting Inspector-in-Charge, Boston Division, and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, under the direction of Chief George Gast.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

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