Niagara Falls Man Charged with Narcotics and Firearms Offenses

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 5:35 PM EDT

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Niagara Falls Man Charged with Narcotics and Firearms Offenses

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 5:35 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- A 22-year-old Niagara Falls man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on drug and weapons charges.

Melvin L. Calhoun faces charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, maintaining a drug involved premises, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati, who is handling the case, stated that the Indictment charges the defendant with storing and selling marijuana at 119 12th Street, Niagara Falls. On October 1, 2010, local officers and federal agents executed a search warrant at Calhoun's residence and recovered quantities of marijuana, a digital scale, and a .38 caliber pistol.