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Jamestown trio indicted on drug and sex trafficking charges

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A superseding indictment from a federal grand jury has charged Zaid Mendoza, Cora Waddington, and Kelvin O. Thomas of Jamestown with serious offenses including narcotics conspiracy and sex trafficking by force. These charges, announced by U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, carry the severe maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Additionally, Mendoza and Waddington face charges related to the possession of a firearm in drug trafficking activities, with Mendoza also charged with illegal firearm possession due to his status as a felon.

The indictment alleges that from October to December 2022, the defendants were involved in selling fentanyl and methamphetamine, utilizing a residence in Ellicott, NY, for their operations. Furthermore, they are accused of coercing individuals into commercial sex acts, highlighting a complex criminal scheme combining drug trafficking with exploitation.

This case is a result of collaborative efforts by local and federal law enforcement agencies, underlining the commitment to dismantling criminal organizations threatening community safety. The investigation forms part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces operation, aimed at targeting high-level criminal operations.

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