A Buffalo cocaine trafficker and a Jamestown heroin trafficker were given stiff federal prison terms this week, and a Toronto Ecstasy pusher who already had been jailed for 45 months was deported.
William Smith, 34, the last of seven cocaine traffickers to be convicted after their 2012 arrests for transporting drugs from Chicago to Buffalo, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to serve a 10-year prison term for drug conspiracy with intent to distribute.
Boris Aguayo-Matos, 35, was ordered to serve a 10-year and one-month federal prison term by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny on his conviction for conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm.
Anthony Ighodaro, 32, of Toronto, was ordered deported by Arcara as the judge sentenced him to time served on his conviction for the importation of Ecstasy pills into this country.
U.S. Assistant Attorneys Carol G. Bridge and Thomas S. Duskiewicz, who handled all three cases, said Smith was arrested on Feb. 13, 2012, after the Buffalo office of the Drug Enforcement Administration received a telephone tip about the scheme in which Smith and his cohorts were bringing about 50 kilograms of cocaine a month to Buffalo from Chicago.
After the arrests, federal agents seized more than $550,000 in cash and about two kilograms of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, four weapons and a Ford Mustang in local raids, Bridge and Duskiewicz said.
Aguayo-Matos was arrested in Celoron by Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies based on wiretap evidence.
The deputies seized about a half kilogram of heroin and two firearms. Subsequent raids of his Jamestown home and other areas led to seizures of more heroin, and quantities of cocaine, more firearms, several vehicles and about $300,000 in U.S. currency, the prosecutors said.
Aguayo-Matos was the last of eight suspects in that heroin-trafficking ring to be convicted.
Prosecutors said Ighodaro was arrested at the Peace Bridge on July 25, 2010, by Customs & Border Protection officers because of inconsistencies in the personal information he provided them.
With the aid of a K-9 drug dog, agents found bundles of 31,128 Ecstasy pills with an estimated street-value of more than $620,000 duct-taped in six bundles under the rear bumper of Ighodaro’s car.
He had been planning to drive the pills to Atlanta for street sales, the prosecutors said.