BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that Mica Donadelle, 43, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that on January 27, 2011, the defendant, along with co-defendants Kevin Liburd and James Phillips, conspired to avoid the detection of $162,300 at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The defendants met at parking lot across the street from the airport at which time, Donadelle gave the money to Phillips. An airport employee at the time, Phillips bypassed screening procedures and stored the money in an airport bathroom which was later picked up by Liburd.
In addition, between 2006 and December 2012, Donadelle conspired with Liburd, Phillips, and Renwick Samuel and Angel Gonzalez, to distribute cocaine in the City of Buffalo.
Phillips, Liburd, Samuel and Gonzalez have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing.
Today’s plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Safe Streets Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation which includes the Amherst Police Department; Buffalo Police Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Cheektowaga Police Department; Erie County Sheriff’s Office; Hamburg Police Department; Lancaster Police Department; Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; New York State Department of Correctional Services; New York State Police; U.S. Border Patrol; and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement–Homeland Security Investigations.