Jaron Ruth is not a new suspect but his role in the 2012 murder of Henry Ackley in Cattaraugus County is now a federal case.
A five-count federal indictment accuses Ruth of distributing cocaine and crack and killing Ackley at his home in the hamlet of Kill Buck.
Ruth, 25, of Buffalo, is accused of shooting Ackley in the chest during a burglary and robbery of the victim’s home.
“No matter whether their crimes are committed in the inner city or in the most remote of rural areas, this office is targeting those who commit violence anywhere in our district," U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said in a statement Tuesday.
Ruth was arraigned Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerimiah J. McCarthy and will appear in court later this month for a bail hearing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Felicetta said the charges against Ruth involve a conspiracy to distribute drugs in Erie and Cattaraugus counties between 2010 and 2013.
Prosecutors said the Cattaraugus County district attorney dismissed murder charges against Ruth in deference to the federal prosecution.
"These federal charges solidify the gravity of Ruth’s criminal acts and history," said James Hunt, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New York.
The federal indictment against Ruth is the result of an investigation by the DEA and Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.