BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces that Oliver Kimmons, 48, and Kathlyn Ventura, 24, both of Lockport, NY, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the defendants are accused of selling heroin and crack cocaine in the City of Buffalo and the Lockport area.
As part of the federal investigation, Kimmons and Ventura were identified as “retail dealers” in a larger narcotics conspiracy. According to the complaint, Kimmons obtained narcotics from his brother Joseph Thompson and Thompson obtained his narcotics from Trent Hamilton and Troy Gillon. Thompson has been indicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and fentanyl. Hamilton has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin, and possession with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin. Gillon has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.
The defendants made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and are being detained pending a detention hearing on March 9th, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, the Lockport Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Niethe and the Niagara County Drug Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff James Voutour.
The fact that a defendants have been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.