individuals charged with unlawful sale of cocaine base, cocaine, heroin and oxycodone
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has indicted Nathaniel Clark, 29, Tommy Eugene Clark, a/k/a Boo, 26, Kayla Renee Combs, 23, all of Niagara Falls, and Raysean Clark, a/k/a TP, a/k/a Tadpole, 27, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute cocaine base, cocaine, heroin and oxycodone. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 40, a fine of $5,000,000, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary C. Baumgarten, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, the charges stem from an investigation into the trafficking of cocaine and cocaine base in the Western New York area from the Cleveland, Ohio area. The defendants sold these controlled substances in the Cities of North Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, Lockport, and Buffalo, and other areas within Erie and Niagara Counties.
The defendants made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio. Defendants Nathaniel Clark, Tommy Eugene Clark and Raysean Clark are being detained pending further proceedings. Kayla Renee Combs was released on conditions.
The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, the Niagara County Drug Task Force and the Niagara County Sheriff's Department, under the direction of Sheriff James Voutour, and the North Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief Randy Szukala.The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.