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Buffalo Man Charged with Drug and Gun Charges

BUFFALO, N.Y.– U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that George Torres, 51, of Buffalo N.Y., was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with unlawfully possessing with intent to distribute more than 200 grams of heroin, possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of firearms. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a $4,000,000 fine, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the case, stated that Buffalo Police and the FBI executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence at 55 Garner Avenue in Buffalo. During the search, law enforcement officers seized over 200 grams of heroin, three handguns, and $368,000 in United States currency.

The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation by members of the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Frank Christiano.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.