BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A Buffalo woman has been charged by a criminal complaint with attempting to own and distribute cocaine, in a home with three children, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Elisa Rivera Ortiz, 36, is accused of having packages containing cocaine sent to her Warren Avenue home.
The complaint states in April, U.S. Postal Inspectors intercepted a package, during a routine inspection, containing cocaine and addressed to Ortiz. Last week, another package with narcotics inside was found addressed to Ortiz.
Investigators then set up a controlled delivery containing fake cocaine and a monitoring device. They addressed this package to Ortiz's home. When the monitor alerted investigators that the package had been opened, they went to her home. Ortiz tried to run out a side door, but was apprehended. Investigators then searched the residence.
The search found drug packaging materials, a digital scale with suspected cocaine residue, and a small bag of marijuana. Ortiz's son and three other children were also found inside the home.
Ortiz appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Roemer and was released. She faces a maximum punishment of 20 years behind bars and a $1,000,000 fine.