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Buffalo Felon Going To Prison On Gun And Drug Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Frankie Cook, 29, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams of heroin and 40 grams of fentanyl and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to serve 108 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth T. Molisani, who handled the case, stated that on February 11, 2020, in Erie County Court, Cook was convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. On February 26, 2020, Erie County Probation officers went to Cook’s residence on Dartmouth Avenue in Buffalo, for an initial information visit. During the visit, officers discovered what appeared to be a drug preparation station with gloves, masks, and plastic bags in the basement. Officers then searched the basement and found a hidden safe with approximately 240 grams of fentanyl, 156 grams of heroin, drug paraphernalia, a .45 caliber magazine, .45 caliber ammunition, 9mm ammunition, and a stolen loaded 9mm handgun inside.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Erie County Probation Department, under the direction of Commissioner Michelle Olszowy; the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff John Garcia; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.

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Updated October 7, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses