Eight people were arrested Wednesday in a drug conspiracy that stretched from Western New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Attorney announced in a press release that the group was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl through the U.S. mail.
Three of the accused, Felix Calderon-Valcarcel, 28; Wilmer Casiano-Perez, 25; and Yarimar Barrios Alvardo, 24, are from Lackawanna.
Wayne E. Paye, whose age was not provided, James C. Parks, 55; and Lavar Parks, 28, hail from Niagara Falls. The rest are from Puerto Rico.
Between July of 2018 and February of 2019, the investigation seized approximately ten kilos of cocaine and $52,000 from packages shipped in the mail between Puerto Rico and different states in the U.S. including New York, Florida, Alaska ,Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a $10 million fine.