BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Victor Anguiera, 31, of Celeron, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking activities, was sentenced to 180 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The defendant was also ordered to forfeit $100,000 in proceeds from drug trafficking activities.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who handled the case, stated that on March 17, 2011, based on information obtained through a wiretap investigation, the defendant was arrested in Celeron, N.Y. by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department deputies. At the time of his arrest, deputies seized approximately a ½ kilogram of heroin and two firearms. During a subsequent search of several locations, deputies also seized additional quantities of heroin, cocaine, firearms, vehicles and approximately $300,000 in United States currency.
Anguiera and seven others were arrested in this heroin trafficking investigation. All defendants have been convicted. Anguiera was the target of the wiretap investigation.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Acting Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Lieutenant David Bentley, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Joseph Gerace, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Harry Snellings.