Physician Charged with Possessing Crack Cocaine
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 28, 2012|
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that Daniel C. Gillick, 62, a physician residing in Youngstown, New York, and Christine D. Guilfoyle, 27, also of Youngstown, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with a misdemeanor charge of possession of crack cocaine. The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the case, stated that on November 27, 2012, special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration stopped a vehicle driven by Christine Guilfoyle and found her in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine. According to the complaint, after her arrest, Guilfoyle told agents that she purchased the drugs for Daniel Gillick and that the two of them were going to use the crack cocaine that night. Gillick currently serves on the staffs of Medina Memorial and Schuyler Hospitals as an emergency room physician.
Agents later obtained a federal search warrant for Daniel Gillick’s residence, located at 230 Main Street, Youngstown, New York. During the execution of the search warrant, agents seized paraphernalia consistent with drug use, as well as other evidence.
Gillick and Guilfoyle made an initial appearance this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott. Bond for Gillick was set at $5,000. Guilfoyle was detained pending placement in an inpatient drug treatment program. The defendants are due back in court on November 30, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation on the part of special agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division; special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota; the Amherst Police Department, under the direction of Chief John Askey; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda; the Lancaster Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gerald Gill; the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard; the Depew Police Department, under the direction of Chief Stan Carwile; and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff James Votour.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.