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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 10, 2018

Buffalo Man Sentenced For His Role In Narcotics Conspiracy That Operated Around The Perry Housing Project

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Tashawn Gay, 27, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, was sentenced to time served (36 months) by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, stated that between the summer of 2012 and April 3, 2013, the defendant, along with co-defendants Tyshawn Bradley, Darnell Brown, Dallas McLamore, Eric Ross, David Varner, Latifah Donaldson and others, to sell crack cocaine in the City of Buffalo, primarily around the Perry Housing Project. Gay purchased cocaine and crack cocaine from Tyshawn Bradley, which the defendant then distributed to his own customers. Gay did not sell crack cocaine on the grounds of the Perry Housing Projects; rather, his customers were located in other parts of the City of Buffalo.

On January 3, 2013, members of the Buffalo Police Department executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence on Millicent Avenue, and seized approximately five 8-balls of crack cocaine and packaging materials. In addition, during the course of the investigation, the FBI intercepted telephone calls between the defendant and Tyshawn Bradley, during which they discussed meeting for the purpose of Bradley selling cocaine and/or crack cocaine to Gay. On April 3, 2013, law enforcement officers again searched the defendant’s Millicent Avenue residence and seized $2,800 in United States currency, marijuana and packaging materials.

Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood.

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Updated September 10, 2018