A federal jury has returned an indictment against 12 Buffalo-Niagara area people charged in a conspiracy to sell cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Eleven of them were arrested early Friday, while a 12th charged in the indictment was still being sought by law enforcement. Each of them faces a charge of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of cocaine, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment.
Arrested were: Cesar Rivera-Figueroa, aka Fat Boy, 26; Jenhsen Rodriguez, aka Compa; Daniel Navarro, aka Omar, 43; Virgen Perez-Jurado, 26; Josue Cardona-Soto, aka Chris, 36; Devincio K.D. James, 28; Omar Vazquez-Baez, aka Tutu, 24; and Luis Andino, 37.
Also arrested were: Joseph Jones; aka Tio, 54; Quinton Jones, aka Q, 37; Sucley Romero, 26; and Tori Rockmore, 31.
A 12th person charged in the indictment, Joseph Jones, aka Tio, was not yet in police custody Friday.
According to the indictment, since July those indicted conspired to possess and distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine that was trafficked from Puerto Rico and sold in the Buffalo area.
The defendants who were arraigned Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy are due back in court Tuesday.
Friday's indictment is the result of an investigation by the FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Buffalo Police Department and the New York State Police.