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Federal jury convicts Buffalo man busted retrieving Lego box of cocaine

A Buffalo man convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute cocaine could face up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. on Friday announced the verdict against Alexis Javier Centeno-Baez, 22, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine and attempt to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

On Aug. 24, 2015, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service intercepted a package two wrapped kilograms of cocaine stuffed in a Lego box shipped from Puerto Rico to a Buffalo address, prosecutors said.

When Centeno Baez went to the address to retrieve the package, Drug Enforcement Administration agents were there to arrest him, said prosecutors, adding that the defendant left the drugs in his car and fled on foot but was arrested three blocks away.

Centeno Baez will be sentenced Feb. 9 by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

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