A Dunkirk man who was convicted on drug and weapon possession charges was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 8 years and 1 month in prison.
David Jesus Pagan, 40, was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Pagan and co-defendant Rafael Burgos were the leaders of a drug trafficking organization that distributed illegal narcotics in the Dunkirk area between 2013 and 2015, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case. During that time, according to federal officials, members of the gang distributed multiple kilograms of cocaine throughout the Dunkirk area.
Pagan, Burgos and four others were arrested in June of 2015, after search warrants were executed at six properties which resulted in the seizure of more than seven kilograms of cocaine, the largest seizure ever in Dunkirk, according to officials. Police also recovered about $175,000 in cash, along with an AR-15 assault rifle with a 30-round magazine. Most of the seized items were recovered in Pagan's residence, officials said. During a search of Burgos’ residence, officers discovered a secret room with a money counting machine. All defendants in the case have since been convicted.