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September 4, 2013

Man charged for drug imports

Tonawanda News — A Tonawanda man was indicted in U.S. District Court on Friday on two counts of obtaining controlled substances from China. 

Peter Viera, 20, was arrested in May on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to import methylone, considered to be a Schedule I controlled substance that is often used to replace or to cut the drug ecstasy, also known as "Molly." 

Schedule I drugs are considered to be among the most dangerous, with no medical use and the potential for abuse, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Police said between October 2011 and May 2013, Viera conspired to import methylone from China in order to sell it in Western New York. 

On May 31, Viera was seen waiting in a parked car outside the LaSalle Post Office in Niagara Falls, as an acquaintance picked up a package from China containing one kilogram of the drug, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel. 

However, Pimentel said, U.S. Postal inspectors had intercepted the package days earlier, which led to arrest of Viera and his co-conspirator. 

Viera could now face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if he is found guilty. A trial date has not been set. 

The authorities said the indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. 

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