Lockwood pleads to drug charges
BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Dale Lockwood, 60, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. The plea, entered before United States District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara, carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years in prison, a maximum penalty of 40 years incarceration, and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who is handling the case, stated that the Government’s investigation determined that Lockwood supplied cocaine to John Smith, aka Kazoo, a National Vice President of the Afro Dogs motorcycle club. At the time of his arrest, agents recovered from Lockwood $73,255.00 in US Currency, eight firearms, and various ammunition.
A May, 2013 trial involving Lockwood ended in a mistrial when the jury could not arrive at a verdict. In addition to today’s criminal conviction, Lockwood also faces a criminal forfeiture of an additional $50,000 and any interest he may have in the Afro Dogs Club House at 1093-1095 Genesee Street, Buffalo, New York. The Lockwood conviction closes the Government’s investigation which has resulted in 8 other convictions to date.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 9, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
This plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration under the direction of Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division.