Judge Finds Buffalo Man Guilty on Drug Charges

Modified: September 27, 2018 7:52am

9/18/2018

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns has found 30-year-old Miguel Parilla, also known as “Snow,” of Buffalo guilty of two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree following a nearly two week bench trial.  

On March 20, 2017, Erie County Sheriff’s Office detectives located more than one-half ounce of fentanyl, approximately 100 Xanax pills, more than one-eighth ounce of crack cocaine, and marijuana in a Grand Island home as a result of their investigation into a drug overdose death that occurred at that same location. Investigators also found materials used to cut and package narcotics, including a scale with suspected drug residue.

On March 22, 2017, as a result of the same investigation, Erie County Sheriff’s detectives apprehended the defendant and charged him with the possession of the narcotics found in the Grand Island home. The investigation revealed that the defendant had been operating a drug trafficking operation out of the home by distributing the drugs recovered by investigators in exchange for money. 

Parilla, a second felony offender, faces a maximum of 12 years in prison when he is sentenced on Wednesday, October 31 at 9:30 a.m.  

In a separate case, Parilla was convicted by a jury on one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree in March 2018.

The charges stem from an incident on January 24, 2017, when Buffalo Police officers initiated a traffic stop on Hertel Avenue and River Rock Drive. Officers found a small amount of cocaine and heroin, packaged for sale, inside the glove box of the vehicle. The packages of narcotics were tested for DNA, which matched the defendant who was a passenger in the vehicle.

On June 22, 2018, he was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to a determinate 10 years sentence.

DA Flynn commends the investigative work by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and Narcotics Unit, including Det. Brian O’Hara.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ryan D. Haggerty of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit and Assistant District Attorney Meghan E. Leydecker of the DA’s Special Victims Bureau.