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Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty After Cocaine And A Loaded Weapon Were Found In His Residence

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, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Adrian Funderburk, 37, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of life.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Watkins, who is handling the case, stated that on January 6, 2021, the Buffalo Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence on Wecker Street in Buffalo. Investigators recovered a loaded .40 caliber pistol, approximately 36 grams of cocaine, approximately seven pounds of marijuana, and $70,000 in cash. Funderburk possessed the firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking in order to protect himself, his drugs, and his drug proceeds.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 18, 2022, before Judge Vilardo.

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Updated September 30, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses