BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Emmanuel Lopez, 27, of Buffalo, NY, with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 100 grams or more of heroin and 40 grams or more of fentanyl. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine
Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, between 2016 and December 5, 2017, the defendant sold heroin and fentanyl in the Buffalo area. In October, 2017, the ICE-HSI Border Enforcement Security Team (BEST) conducted a controlled purchase from Lopez. During the buy, the defendant turned over 24 small yellow bags which later tested positive for heroin, fentanyl, and tramadol.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Border Enforcement Security Team, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.