BUFFALO, N.Y.--( release ) U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Saturday that Rodney Frazier, of Buffalo, N.Y., was arrested and charged by Criminal Complaint with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, in connection with the Government’s continuing investigation of the November 1, 2011 firebombing on Schreck Avenue. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine or both.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael C. McCabe, who is handling the case, the Complaint alleges that Buffalo Police received information on September 21, 2011 that narcotics trafficking was occurring at a vacant residence at 39 Schreck Avenue. Once at that location, police observed the defendant and another man on the porch, and saw Frazier put a bag into his mouth. After a struggle with the defendant, Buffalo Police Officers recovered 21 knotted plastic bags, each containing a quantity of cocaine.
The Complaint further references the firebombing which later occurred at 14 Schreck Avenue on November 1, 2011, as well as the Complaint filed in connection with that firebombing incident. (Complaint attached)
Frazier was arrested by the United States Marshals Service on the federal narcotics charges in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The defendant appeared before a federal magistrate in Philadelphia on December 2, 2011. He is currently in custody and will return to court in Philadelphia on December 6, 2011 for further proceedings. The Government is expected to move for detention, as well as for the defendant’s return to the WDNY.
The Criminal Complaint is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, the Buffalo Fire Department, under the direction of Commissioner Garnell Whitfield, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Frank Christiano, Resident Agent in Charge.
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.