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Buffalo man faces charges for role in cocaine ring

A Buffalo man has been charged in connection with a cocaine-trafficking ring, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Friday.

Pethrod Dunnigan, 37, was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison,

Dunnigan’s arrest stems from the federal investigation of a Mexican drug cartel traveling from California to Buffalo to traffic cocaine. Four arrests were made last December.

He is accused of being part of the operation, including packaging $500,000 in drug proceeds that was shipped from Buffalo to California in a refrigerator.

Dunnigan made an appearance in federal court Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott. He is being held pending a detention hearing on Wednesday.