Narcotics Roundup Nets 11 Arrests

June 17, 2011 Updated Jun 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM EDT

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Narcotics Roundup Nets 11 Arrests

June 17, 2011 Updated Jun 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Friday that a federal grand jury in Buffalo has returned an Indictment charging 11 defendants with various narcotics trafficking charges including conspiracy and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine.

The Indictment specifically accuses Charles Palmer, 47, of Buffalo, N.Y.; George Krajas, 42, of Sloan, N.Y.; James Simmons, 37, of Machias, N.Y.; William Bart Alexander, 46, of Tonawanda, N.Y.; Timothy Borkowski, 54, Of Buffalo, N.Y.; Christopher Carluccio, 36, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Michael Smerka, 54, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Aleathea Stone, 39, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Vunnal Blair, 56, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Gregory Miller, 46, of Buffalo, N.Y.; and Charles Palmer, Jr., 27, of Buffalo, N.Y.; of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and hydrocodone.

The charge carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10,000,000 fine.

Charles Palmer and George Krajas are also charged with distributing cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. In addition, Palmer and Krajas are charged with maintaining a drug involved premises, carrying a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

The Indictment alleges that the defendants were part of a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of cocaine and marijuana in Buffalo and Cheektowaga. The Indictment further alleges that Palmer and Krajas used an auto body shop at 2307 Broadway in Sloan for the purpose of storing and distributing their narcotics.

"Today's action marks the second significant law enforcement operation this week targeting those who would poison our neighborhoods with illegal narcotics," said U.S. Attorney Hochul. "As these actions make clear, law enforcement will not rest until all who engage in such crimes are arrested and prosecuted."