Members of drug organization indicted after allegedly funneling $2 million out of WNY

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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