BUFFALO, N.Y.– U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Damien Hicks-Bailey, 21, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on July 1, 2015, the defendant exchanged heroin for cash with a man at a 7-11 store in West Seneca, NY. Later that day, the man was discovered deceased at his apartment in West Seneca. A plastic baggy with a white powdery substance was discovered in the man's bedroom. The substance later tested positive for heroin. Subsequent investigation uncovered store security video which captured the interaction between the defendant and the adult male.
The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being held pending a detention hearing on March 18, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division and the West Seneca Police Department, under the direction of Chief Daniel Denz.