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Buffalo man pleads guilty to drug and weapons possession charges

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to drug and weapons possession charges in U.S. District Court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said that the Lackawanna Police Department Narcotics Unit began investigating the narcotics trafficking activities of 43-year-old Felix M. Velasquez in June 2018. Velazquez was described by prosecutors as a mid-level street cocaine distributor with a large customer base in the Buffalo area. He used his cell phone and conducted sales at his Weyand Avenue apartment in Buffalo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

On Aug. 14, the Buffalo Police Department executed a search warrant at his residence, where they seized about 130 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, drug packaging materials, a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol with seven rounds and $42,955 cash, prosecutors said.

Velazquez pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. He faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 6, 2020.

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