Two men from Puerto Rico pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Wendell Delgado-Sanchez and Jairo Figueroa-Suarez each face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. In addition, Delgado-Sanchez pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Wendell Delgado-Sanchez and Jairo Figueroa-Suarez sold 71 grams of cocaine to a confidential source inside an apartment on Dearborn Street in Buffalo, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Felicetta, who is handling the case. Later that same day, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the apartment and recovered 1,368 grams of cocaine in a safe, along with a 9mm Luger pistol.
Officers also recovered a surveillance video system from inside the apartment that recorded activities inside the apartment from Feb. 27 through March 5, 2015 that revealed both Delgado-Sanchez and Figueroa-Suarez were involved with weighing, mixing, and packaging cocaine for distribution. Also contained on the video is footage of both men completing drug transactions with customers.
Figueroa-Suarez is scheduled for sentencing on May 11, while Wendell Delgado-Sanchez is set to be sentenced on May 15, 2017.