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BUFFALO, NY – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. today announced that Luis Miguel Cruz Del Moral, 37, of Buffalo, NY, has been arrested and charged with a criminal possession complaint with intent to distributing a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in prosecution of a drug trafficking crime. The charges carry a minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $ 1,000,000.
Deputy U.S. attorney Meghan E. Leydecker, who is handling the case, said that according to the complaint, on the morning of September 17, 2021, Buffalo Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a New York State search warrant at Cruz Del Moral’s home on Ontario Street. During the search, investigators recovered five firearms, ammunition, a bulletproof vest, two vials of suspected cocaine, drug packaging materials and three scales containing suspected cocaine residue.
Concurrent with the execution of the Ontario Street search warrant, a separate search warrant was executed at a residence on South Lane in Buffalo. Upon entering the residence, investigators met the accused in the bathroom. In the toilet, law enforcement recovered a torn plastic bag and observed the toilet bowl filled with suspected cocaine. Investigators also found a loaded pistol in the bathroom. During the search, approximately 1 ½ grams of suspected cocaine, a large cocaine press, a small cocaine press, a digital scale containing suspected cocaine residue and $ 7,111 in US currency were seized. A rifle, two magazines, ammunition and glass envelopes were also recovered from Cruz-Del Moral’s vehicle. The accused was arrested at the scene.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John B. DeVito, New York Field Division; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Safe Streets Task Force, under the leadership of Special Agent in Charge Stephen Belongia; and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood.
The fact that an accused has been charged with a crime is only a charge and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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