Two men could face 40 yrs and $5M fine for cocaine trafficking

Posted at 2:14 PM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 14:14:06-05

Two Buffalo men were indicted on ten counts related to cocaine trafficking Wednesday.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Jr., John Nelson, 41, and Lawrence Russell, 39, sold cocaine and crack cocaine from 2013 to 2015. The two allegedly used a house on 14th Street on the West Side of Buffalo for drug activities at times.

Nelson was arraigned Wednesday and is being held pending a detention hearing on February 24. Russell is in jail while waiting for a state parole violation proceeding. Russell will be arraigned in federal court on February 24.

Acting U.S. Attorney Kennedy says both men are charged with conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine, and maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Minimum sentence for these charges is five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.