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Two Buffalo men indicted on drug trafficking charges

Jay Neal, 37, and Quashawn Lawrence, 25, both of Mariner Street, were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to distribute and maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Neal, who served more then ten years in prison on a Buffalo robbery conviction, was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity and possession of a defaced firearm. U.S. Attorney William. Hochul Jr. said that if convicted as charged they face federal prison terms of 10 to 45 years and fines of up to $5 million each.

The subjects of a long investigation by the DEA and the Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics Squad both were arrested last Oct. 21 after a drug deal at Dodge Street and Michigan Avenue and a raid on their alleged drug house at 87 Mariner Street where two handguns, about $10,000 in U.S. currency and quantities of heroin and crack cocaine and drug scales were seized. Both face arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder next week.