One of the largest cocaine seizures ever in WNY
Updated: Monday, February 10 2014, 05:31 PM EST
Approximately 32 kilos of suspected cocaine (valued at $1.2 million) seized by law enforcement in one week
Rochester, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul said four defendants have been charged with narcotics trafficking since January 31, in what the attorney’s office is calling one of the largest cocaine seizures in Rochester history.
According to investigators, on January 31, Manuel Rivera was arrested after officers recovered two kilograms of cocaine at the defendant’s residence on Seneca Manor Drive in Rochester. Rivera is charged with conspiracy to possess 500 grams or more of cocaine with intent to distribute.
On February 4, Christopher Kendrick was arrested on February 4 on 490 near Chili with 24 kilograms of suspected cocaine. He is charged with possession with intent to distribute 10 kilograms or more of cocaine.
In a separate case, Jaime Fontanez and Daniel Acevedo were also arrested on February 4 on Jewell Street in Rochester. Law enforcement officers say they recovered three kilograms of suspected cocaine. Fontanez and Acevedo are charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and attempting to possess 500 grams or more or cocaine with intent to distribute.
Federal authorities say another case during the same week is being investigated where three kilos were seized thanks to the help of U.S. Postal Service investigators, but arrests are still pending in that case.
“These seizures demonstrate the commitment of law enforcement to protect the community from these dangerous drugs,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul in a statement. “At the same time, the public should be aware that cocaine, in addition to heroin and prescription drugs that are illegally abused, can have lethal consequences and no one is immune from the addictions cause by these drugs.”