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Olean man indicted by federal grand jury in drug trafficking

Giovanni Salmonson, 23, of Olean, faces a possible life sentence in prison if he is convicted of the drug trafficking counts in the Federal grand jury indictment handed up against him Thursday in Buffalo.

Salmonson is slated to be arraigned Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder in Buffalo on a four-count indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute buprenorphine (also known as suboxone,) possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Assistant U.S. Attorney Caleb J. Petzoldt said Salmonson, if convicted as charged, faces a prison term of at least five years and a fines of up to $250,000. The prosecutor said that Olean Police on Jan. 1 found Salmonson there in possession of quantities of heroin and suboxone, while he was carrying a .22-caliber revolver. He previously served a New York State prison term in a firearms case.