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Feds accuse two Tonawanda residents of possessing cocaine

Two Tonawanda residents have been arrested and accused of possessing with intent to sell 500 or more grams of cocaine, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday.

Iramarie Velez-Mateo, 36,  and Osvaldo Rivera-Amaro, 47, face a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years in prison, if convicted.

U. S. Postal Inspectors earlier this month intercepted a package containing over 2 kilograms of cocaine that was addressed to Velez-Mateo, prosecutors said. Then on Thursday, a controlled delivery of a package containing sham cocaine was conducted at this same Tonawanda address, prosecutors said, and Velez-Mateo accepted the package and took it inside the residence.

Law enforcement said they later stopped a vehicle with the two inside and found the package with the sham cocaine was found inside. Law enforcement then executed a search warrant of the residence and found drug packaging materials and a digital scale.

Postal inspectors previously intercepted a package sent to the same address that contained about a quarter kilogram of cocaine, prosecutors said.

The two defendants made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and were released.


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