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Feds accuse Tonawanda man of intent to distribute drugs

A federal grand jury Friday returned an indictment charging a Town of Tonawanda man of possessing at least 28 grams of crack cocaine and fentanyl with intent to distribute the illicit drugs.

Michael Elder, 36, of Edgewood Avenue also was charged with maintaining a drug-involved premises. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison or a maximum of 40 years, along with a $5 million fine, according to Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.

Federal agents  executed a search warrant at Elder's residence  Nov. 3, 2016 and recovered the crack cocaine and fentanyl, according to the indictment. Elder was already on parole for a previous federal conviction.

Elder was arraigned Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and was detained.

The case against Elder is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel L. Violanti., The  U.S. Probation Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration executed the search warrant.


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