A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Daniel Rodriguez, 37, of North Tonawanda, with possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
If convicted on the charges, Rodriguez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.
According to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, on Sept. 11, investigators established surveillance at a Center Avenue residence in North Tonawanda. Town of Tonawanda police obtained search warrants for the residence, a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a body warrant for Rodriguez, all relating to an ongoing investigation involving an August 2019 homicide in the Town of Tonawanda.
During the course of surveillance, prosecutors said, the Jeep left the residence with a female driver and a male passenger. A North Tonawanda police officer pulled over the vehicle. Rodriguez was identified as the passenger in the vehicle. Town of Tonawanda police detectives arrived on the scene of the traffic stop and notified Rodriguez of the search warrants.
During a search of the vehicle, detectives seized a plastic bag allegedly containing narcotics.
Initial testing determined the narcotics were cocaine and crack cocaine, prosecutors said.
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