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Buffalo man, 31, arrested on drug, firearms charges

A Buffalo man has been arrested on drug and firearms charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

James H. Carter, 31, was charged Wednesday in federal court with possession with intent to distribute over 40 grams of fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum life sentence.

Carter was arrested following a police raid on his apartment in the Perry housing projects, where officers seized about 50 grams of fentanyl, equivalent to 1,000 doses of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Authorities also recovered 14 grams of crack cocaine, a small amount of powder cocaine, scales, baggies, cutting agents and a .22-caliber revolver, along with seven boxes of ammunition, according to the office. Police seized $4,500 in cash, officials said.

Carter made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was ordered detained.

The case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

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