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Buffalo man faces heroin charge

A Buffalo man accused of selling drugs to an undercover officer was arrested Wednesday and charged by criminal complaint with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Jawayne Watkins, 29, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if he is convicted on the charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the case, said that, according to the complaint, an undercover officer made a $1,500 controlled purchase of heroin from Watkins in July. Prior to the purchase, investigators tracked Watkins as he left his Thompson Street residence and traveled to meet the undercover officer. Investigators then followed Watkins as he conducted what appeared to be another drug transaction on Farmer Street before returning to his residence.

Watkins is currently on state parole and living in a halfway house, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Watkins made an initial appearance Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and is being held pending a detention hearing on Nov. 28.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.


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