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Tonawanda man pleads guilty to importing drug from China

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.