A Buffalo man was sentenced to 63 months in prison for his role in a scheme to accept cocaine inside a LEGO box.
Alexis Javier Centeno-Baez, 22, was convicted to conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute 500 grams or more cocaine and attempt to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, following a jury trial.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service on Aug. 25, 2015 intercepted a package shipped from Puerto Rico to an address in Buffalo, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. After executing a search warrant, authorities discovered two individually wrapped kilograms of cocaine stuffed inside a LEGO box.
During what authorities call a controlled delivery, Centeno-Baez went to an address and retrieved the package. As U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents approached him, Centeno-Baez left the package in his car and fled on foot, with agents in pursuit. He was apprehended about three blocks away, authorities said.