A federal grand jury has returned a six-count indictment against two Dunkirk men on various cocaine charges.
Fred A. Santiago, 29, and Michael Pacheco, 27, were each charged with conspiracy to distribute and distribution of five or more kilograms of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine, and maintaining a drug premise. The charges carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years.
According to the indictment, a state search warrant was executed May 2 at Santiago’s residence, from which law enforcement officers seized scales, a heat sealer, heat sealing bags, a drug press, and more than 600 grams of suspected cocaine. On the same day, members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force stopped Pacheco’s vehicle and seized an unspecified amount of suspected cocaine that was hidden inside a potato chip bag.
Both men were arraigned Friday before the U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. and held pending detention hearings scheduled for June 2.
Law enforcement agencies that played a role in investigating the case include the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and the Dunkirk Police Department.