Buffalo Man Arrested in Texas for Cocaine Conspiracy
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Archie Phillips, 43, most recently of Houston, TX, but originally of Buffalo, NY, with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between early 2012 and April 3, 2013, Phillips conspired with Beverly Fields and others to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, cocaine in Western New York. Fields is also charged with conspiracy.
Phillips was arrested on March 26, 2015 in Houston. He will be returned to Buffalo for a detention hearing on April, 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
The defendant was convicted on a previous federal drug charge and sentenced to 51 months in prison in May 2002.
The indictment and arrest are the result of an investigation by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the United States Marshals Service, under the direction of Charles Salina.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.