Two alleged Buffalo drug dealers accused of throwing a police informant into the trunk of their car and threating to shoot an undercover Town of Tonawanda police officer have been indicted by an Erie County grand jury, prosecutors confirmed Friday.
Still free on high bail, both Jason Miles, 21, of Riley Street, and Antwain Davis, 18, of Dartmouth Avenue, have been ordered to appear for arraignment before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia this week.
Neither of the suspects -- quickly arrested after a car and foot chase through the city's East Side on Jan. 30 -- nor their attorneys could be reached to comment.
Paul S. Piotrowski, chief of the district attorney's Narcotics and Major Case units, confirmed the indictments.
Though Piotrowski refused to comment further, law enforcement sources said the young drug informant is in protective custody.
The informant knew Miles and was working with an undercover Town of Tonawanda police officer who went to Moselle Avenue with him posing as a drug buyer during the fast-moving incident, in which the suspects forced the informant into the car trunk and stuck a handgun in the officer's face.
Two other Town of Tonawanda detectives watching the alleged drug sale called for Buffalo police backup. After the two suspects abandoned their car on Southhampton Street, one was located hiding behind an Edna Place garage, the other under an abandoned car on Southampton.
Piotrowski said both suspects face prison terms of up to 25 years on kidnapping, firearms, menacing and drug charges. He said Davis, the alleged driver of the car, also was indicted on a charge of reckless endangerment.
A loaded .45-caliber handgun the suspects allegedly threw from the car during the police chase was found at the base of a tree on Best Street, the prosecutor said.