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Buffalo drug suspect ordered held in jail Tuesday

A Buffalo drug trafficking suspect found by the FBI in Orlando last month was remanded after he pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy to a 13-month-old drug indictment.

Antwan Hugley, 37, who was taken into custody in Orlando on June 29, faces a prison term of 10 years to life and a fine of up to $10 million, or both, if convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

“I commend the unrelenting efforts of FBI special agents who did not give up and continued to track this defendant until he was taken into custody,” Hochul said.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Edward H. White and Michael J. Adler said Hugley was indicted by a Buffalo grand jury in June 2015 for allegedly conspiring with others from 2011 to 2014 to distribute cocaine in the Buffalo area.

Judge McCarthy ordered Hugley held pending a detention hearing at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

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