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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 27, 2017

Leader Of Drug Gang That Operated In The Lackawanna Housing Project Pleads Guilty

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
 
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jeffrey Graham, 32 of Lackawanna, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Felicetta, who is handling the case, stated that between early 2014, and December 5, 2014, Graham conspired with several co-defendants to purchase and sell various amounts of crack cocaine from and to one another and to further distribute the crack cocaine on to various customers of theirs. Many of the transactions among the defendant, several co-defendants, and their customers occurred at or within 1,000 feet of the Gates Housing Projects in Lackawanna, NY owned by the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority. Graham maintained a premises to distribute crack cocaine in the housing projects.

In addition, on November 28, 2014, the defendant obtained 149 grams of crack cocaine, which was discovered later that day by Buffalo Police during a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Graham was a passenger. The cocaine base was discovered in the glove compartment directly in front of where the defendant had been sitting.

A total of 18 defendants were charged in this case, 11 have been convicted.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Michel, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Street’s Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 31, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Skretny.                

Updated October 30, 2017