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Defendant On Probation Arrested On More Drug Charges; Law Enforcement Officers Seize Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Drug Proceeds

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, NY—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that John Kidd, 34, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the defendant was on federal supervised release since April 25, 2017, after serving 70 months in prison for his February 2013 conviction on charges of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine and crack cocaine, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Suspecting that Kidd was involved once again in drug trafficking activities, on October 24, 2017, U.S. Probation Officers and the Drug Enforcement Administration searched the defendant’s residence and found multiple violations of Kidd’s conditions of release. Probation officers recovered two pounds of marijuana, three ounces of cocaine, a digital scale, drug packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia. Officers and agents also found over $402,000.00 in US currency from drug proceeds, the amount of which reflects over 11 kilograms of cocaine.  In addition, shotgun shells were also found in the residence.

Kidd made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was ordered detained. 

The defendant has a violation of supervised release hearing before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on November 22, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, and the U.S. Probation, under the direction of Chief Probation Officer Anthony San Giacomo.
 
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 30, 2017