A Tonawanda man pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to import methylone, a drug similar to ecstasy or Molly.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel said Peter Viera, 22, ordered about $60,000 worth of methylone from China as part of a conspiracy to import and sell it in Western New York between late 2011 and May of 2013.
Investigators say the evidence against Viera included a package, which contained a kilogram of methylone and was sent from China and, unbeknownst to Viera or his co-conspirators, was intercepted by U.S. Postal inspectors.
Viera’s guilty plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.