BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Federal officials announced Thursday a group of three men are facing serious drug charges after an investigation into a drug organization linked back to Mexico.
Local law enforcement say they began investigating a drug trafficking organization that dealt in cocaine and heroin and transferred funds back to Mexico using Bank of America branches.
Police say their investigation led them to Jose Manuel Lua-Guizar, 25, and Max Riestra, 40, each of mexico, and Pethrod Dunnigan, 37, of Buffalo. Police linked them to a sophisticated drug ring that shipped packages of drugs to states like New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Colorado.
Officers say they followed the trail of packages to Buffalo, where the charged men would pick up packages and distribute them in the WNY area.
Lua-Guizar, Riestra and Dunnigan all stand charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one kilogram or more of heroin. Guizar and Riestra are also facing charges of money laundering conspiracy.
If found guilty, each man will spend a minimum of 10 years behind bars, a maximum of life behind bars and a fine of up to $10 million.