Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Marijuana Charge
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Charles Palmer, Jr. 31, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and to distribute, marijuana before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who is handling the case, stated that between January 2011 and June 2011, the defendant conspired with his father, co-defendant Charles Palmer, Sr., to possess and distribute marijuana. The investigation utilized a court authorized wiretap which included multiple phone calls regarding the distribution of marijuana between Charles Palmer, Jr. and Charles Palmer, Sr.
The defendant was arrested on June 17, 2011. Law enforcement officers seized from his person quantities of marijuana and cocaine.
Charges against Charles Palmer, Sr. are pending. 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 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 8, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Skretny.