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Two Dunkirk men plead guilty to role in drug ring

Two Dunkirk men have pleaded guilty to drug charges on federal court in Buffalo.

Javier Pagan Jr. and Samuel Hernandez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distributing cocaine before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. They face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, said that between 2013 and June 10, 2015, the defendants were involved in a drug-trafficking organization that distributed multiple kilograms of cocaine throughout the Dunkirk area.

Pagan and Hernandez were arrested in June 2013 along with David Jesus Pagan, Rafael Burgos Jr., Alvin Torres, Jr. and Angel Pierluissi. Search warrants were executed at the time of the arrests at six properties, which resulted in the recovery of more than seven kilograms of cocaine and approximately $175,000 in cash as well as an AR-15 assault rifle with a 30 round magazine.

Charges are pending against David Jesus Pagan, Burgos, Torres and Pierluissi.

The indictments are the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, , the Dunkirk Police Department, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office.

Wolford will sentence Hernandez on July 19. Sentencing for Pagan will be scheduled at a later date.