Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that Renwick Samuel, 50, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $10,000,000.00, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that between 2006 and December 2012, the defendant conspired with three co-defendants to possess and distribute cocaine in Buffalo. Samuel was arrested in December 2012 along with Angel Gonzalez and Mica Donadelle. Another co-defendant, Kevin Liburd, was arrested in 2014 in the Virgin Islands and extradited to the Western District of New York. Gonzales was convicted and is awaiting sentencing. Charges are pending against Liburd and Donadelle. 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.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Safe Streets Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Skretny.