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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 30, 2019

Three Men Arrested On Drug And Firearm Charges

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Reno Sayles, Jr., 29, of Cheektowaga, NY, as well as Kevin Brown, 27, and Marlon Worthy, 32, both of Buffalo, NY, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremiah E. Lenihan, who is handling the case, stated that on or about August 22, 2019, Sayles, Brown and Worthy were observed leaving a residence on Wanda Avenue in Cheektowaga, NY.  Upon leaving that residence, Brown and Worthy walked towards a vehicle.  Brown retrieved a backpack from inside the vehicle.  Law enforcement seized the backpack and upon searching it, discovered that it contained 2 loaded handguns, approximately 1 ounce of heroin, ammunition, magazines, scales, and a bulletproof vest.  Officers recovered over 50 grams of cocaine from inside Worthy’s vehicle and another 10 grams inside his pocket.  Pursuant to a search warrant of Sayles’s residence, officers recovered narcotics paraphernalia. 

The defendants were arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer, and are being held pending their detention hearings. 

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief David J. Zack; and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard with the assistance of their narcotics K-9. 

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.  

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated September 3, 2019