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Buffalo man pleads guilty to drug charges

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty cocaine charges in federal court.

Nelson Pacheco pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine in an appearance before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, said that between December 2010 and April 2011, Pacheco conspired with co-defendant Dennis Berard to distribute cocaine in the Buffalo area. On June 30, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Pacheco’s residence and recovered three handguns, ammunition and approximately $18,000 in cash.

Berard was convicted and sentenced.

Pacheco will be sentenced on Sept. 2.