Two Buffalo men each pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to possessing more than 100 grams of heroin with the intention of selling the drugs.
Steven Martinez, 51, and Jeffrey Coleman, 47, both face a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine when they are sentenced on the charges.
Coleman was the courier of a heroin distribution conspiracy that brought heroin to
Buffalo from New York City, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who is handling the case.
Authorities stopped Coleman Feb. 26, 2014 and found in his possession of more than $65,000 in cash, which was payment for the delivery of heroin. Along with the cash was a note, written and signed by Martinez, that was intended to serve as a receipt for the delivery, as well as an order for another delivery in the future, Higgins said.
Martinez also was stopped by law enforcement and found in possession of more than $2,000 and a small quantity of heroin. In addition, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at
a West Delavan Avenue residence and seized more than 100 grams of heroin, along with drug packaging paraphernalia, and $4,000 in cash.
The pleas are the result of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.