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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Buffalo Man Sentenced On Drug Charge

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Franklin Richards, 34, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to 130 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, between July 2011 and March 2012, Franklin Richards supplied cocaine to the LRGP Gang which operates in the area of Lombard, Rother, Gibson and Playter Streets. The defendant purchased cocaine for redistribution from co-defendant Earl Brown.

On one occasion, co-conspirator Wilfred Wylie, who was traveling to Houston, Texas to purchase cocaine from Earl Brown for Franklin Richards, was searched by security at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and found with $112,000 in U.S. currency, money he was going to use to pay for the cocaine. On other occasions, Richards used a variety of methods to transport cocaine from Houston, Texas to Buffalo. Once he received the cocaine, Richards would repackage it for distribution in the Buffalo area. 

Co-defendants Brown and Wylie have been convicted. Wylie was sentenced, Brown is awaiting sentencing.

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen.

Updated November 3, 2016