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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 21, 2016

Buffalo Man Arrested On Cocaine Charge

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Eli Clark, 25, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, during the early hours of October 21, 2016, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s house on Crowley Avenue in Buffalo. Police recovered approximately 250 grams of suspected crack cocaine inside Clark’s kitchen.

The defendant made an initial appearance this afternoon before the U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and in being held pending a detention hearing scheduled for October 24, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Niagara County Drug Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff James Voutour, the Drug Enforcement Administration under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Timothy Howard and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

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.

Updated October 24, 2016