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Buffalo man arrested, charged with selling methamphetamine

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Chemere Barclay, 32, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute, and to distribute, a controlled substance. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna M. Duncan, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, between August 17 and September 11, 2023, New York State Police investigators conducted four controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Barclay. Independent of the investigation initiated by the New York State Police, the Lackawanna Police Department conducted their own investigation into the drug trafficking activities of Barclay. Between December 21, 2023, and January 5, 2024, Lackawanna Police investigators conducted three controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Barclay. 

Barclay made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was detained pending a detention hearing.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Packard, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eugene Staniszewski, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino.  

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.   

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Barbara Burns


Updated March 1, 2024

Drug Trafficking