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Buffalo man pleads guilty to drug, firearm charges in federal court

Jose Feliciano-Miranda, 36, of Buffalo pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to drug charges including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin and cocaine; and possession of firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who is prosecuting the case, said that between April 2015 and April 2016, a co-defendant, Manuel Freire, coordinated the receipt and subsequent distribution of wholesale quantities of heroin and cocaine in Buffalo from sources in Puerto Rico and elsewhere. Feliciano-Miranda assisted Freire in both receiving and distributing the drugs.

Freire has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

In early 2016, Feliciano-Miranda and Freire sold heroin out of a building on Niagara Street, near Carolina Street. A raid turned up a kilogram of heroin that Freire had stored there. Another search warrant was executed at a residence on Byrd Way, which led to the recovery of a loaded firearm.

The case was investigated by the Buffalo Police Department, DEA, the Erie County Sheriff's Office, FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Feliciano-Miranda faced a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life behind bars, as well as a $5 million fine at his sentencing scheduled for Dec. 12.

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