BUFFALO - A city man is scheduled to spend more than 10 years in state prison after he was recently convicted on drug charges.
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday that 35-year-old Boris Aguayo-Matos, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin and possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking activities, was sentenced to 121 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.
The investigation began in November 2009 and information was gathered through confidential informants, surveillance, wiretaps and other methods, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace. Information was gathered on assets, customers, street-level dealers, managers, bosses and suppliers. Investigators determined a half-kilogram was being distributed each week.
"That's a lot of heroin," Gerace said at the time.
The investigation began to pay off March 17, 2011 when police stopped a vehicle from Connecticut speeding on Interstate 86. A subsequent search revealed four suspects inside the vehicle and $60,000 hidden in a spare tire.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who handled the case, stated that on March 17, based on information obtained through a wiretap investigation, the defendant was arrested in Celoron by with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department deputies. At the time of his arrest, deputies seized approximately a half-kilogram of heroin and two firearms. During a subsequent search of the defendant's residence at 248 Broadhead Ave., and other locations, deputies also seized additional quantities of heroin, cocaine, firearms, vehicles and approximately $300,000 in United States currency.
At the time Hochul said "this represents one of the largest heroin seizures ever in the Jamestown area. My office is fully committed to prosecuting organizations that seek to traffic large quantities of narcotics in this district."
Aguayo-Matos was one of eight defendants arrested in this heroin trafficking investigation. All defendants have been convicted.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Acting Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Chautauqua County Sheriff's Lieutenant David Bentley, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, under the direction of Sheriff Joseph Gerace, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Harry Snellings.