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Federal grand jury in Buffalo indicts California man on drug charges

A California man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Buffalo on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one kilogram or more of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said 55-year-old David Katz, of Chula Vista, was additionally charged with attempted possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and attempted possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

On June 7, 2017, federal agents seized two kilograms of heroin in Phoenix and 10 kilograms of cocaine in Buffalo. Authorities alleged Katz funded a portion of the heroin and drove it from California to Phoenix, prosecutors said.

Katz allegedly discussed with an undercover investigator the sale of a portion of a warehouse he owns in Chula Vista, in an attempt to fund large quantity narcotics transactions.

He is detained in California and will be brought to New York at a later date.

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