BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/US Attorney) - Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that early this morning, a United States Postal Service Carrier was arrested and charged with selling cocaine in the Town of Tonawanda.
The arrests were based upon a federal complaint charging Salvatore
Bagarozzi, 44, of the Town of Tonawanda, with unlawful trafficking of
cocaine, cocaine base (crack), and marijuana. The charges carry a
maximum penalty of twenty years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary C. Baumgarten, who is handling the
case, stated that the charges stem from an investigation into the
drug-trafficking activity of Bagarozzi, some of which occurred during
his on-duty hours. The investigation culminated in the execution of a
search warrant at his residence in the Town of Tonawanda, resulting in
the seizure of cocaine, crack, and marijuana.
The criminal charges were the culmination of an investigation on
the part of Task Force Agents and Special Agents of the federal Drug
Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Charles Tomaszewski, and Special Agents from the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, acting under the direction of Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Elizabeth Farcht, in conjunction with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department and the Cheektowaga Police Department.