Two Tonawanda residents have been arrested and accused of possessing with intent to sell 500 or more grams of cocaine, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday.
Iramarie Velez-Mateo, 36, and Osvaldo Rivera-Amaro, 47, face a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years in prison, if convicted.
U. S. Postal Inspectors earlier this month intercepted a package containing over 2 kilograms of cocaine that was addressed to Velez-Mateo, prosecutors said. Then on Thursday, a controlled delivery of a package containing sham cocaine was conducted at this same Tonawanda address, prosecutors said, and Velez-Mateo accepted the package and took it inside the residence.
Law enforcement said they later stopped a vehicle with the two inside and found the package with the sham cocaine was found inside. Law enforcement then executed a search warrant of the residence and found drug packaging materials and a digital scale.
Postal inspectors previously intercepted a package sent to the same address that contained about a quarter kilogram of cocaine, prosecutors said.
The two defendants made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and were released.