Authorities said they seized five kilograms of suspected cocaine with a street value of more than $500,000 Tuesday, after they arrested an Orchard Park man.
Felix J. Calderon-Valcarcel, 28, was apprehended by investigators who said they allegedly saw him counting a large quantity of cash in a parked car near Stevenson Street and Cumberland Avenue in South Buffalo, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. reported. A kilogram of suspected cocaine was allegedly found in the trunk, investigators said.
Kennedy said agents with a search warrant allegedly seized four more kilograms of suspected cocaine and a 9 mm pistol in Calderon-Valcarcel’s home on East Abbott Grove Avenue.
“I’ve been here for 31-plus years and as far as I can remember it is the largest seizure in my tenure,” said Acting Orchard Park Police Chief E. Joseph Wehrfritz.
Calderon-Valcarcel, who had a felony drug conviction in 2015, is prohibited from possessing a firearm, Kennedy said.
According to a federal complaint, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service allegedly found cocaine in a package addressed to Calderon-Valcarcel in September. Another parcel containing suspected cocaine allegedly was intercepted in February.
Calderon-Valcarcel was charged with possession and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine, maintaining a drug-involved premises and two firearms possession counts.
He was scheduled to appear Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.
Calderon-Valcarcel was arraigned Tuesday in Orchard Park Town Court on two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
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