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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Buffalo Man Sentenced On Cocaine Conviction

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Kelley Thomas, 43, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 70 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was arrested on August 3, 2017, with a kilogram-sized brick of cocaine. Thomas was stopped by Buffalo Police Officers while driving on Richmond Avenue. The only other occupant in his car was a minor female. The cocaine was in his glove compartment.

Buffalo Police were alerted to the defendant by the FBI following physical surveillance and interceptions of wire and electronic communications over a mobile telephone used by Thomas’s supplier.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin P. Lyons; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Byron Lockwood; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division; and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James D. Robnett.

Updated February 13, 2018