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May 4, 2015

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that David Varner, 56, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug involved premises before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the prosecution, stated that between the summer of 2012 and April 3, 2013, the defendant allowed his co-defendants to utilize his apartment, which was located on the grounds of the Perry Housing Projects, to manufacture, possess and distribute crack cocaine. As part of this conspiracy, a co-defendant maintained several locations on the grounds of the Perry Housing Projects in Buffalo, including Varner’s apartment.

On April 3, 2013, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at 124 Fulton Street and 305 Perry Street during which they recovered over 300 grams of cocaine base and 700 grams of powered cocaine as well as a firearm.

Varner was arrested in April 2013 along with 11 others. Defendants Melvin Tucker, Nannette Brown, Brandon Atkins, Eric Ross, and Phayon Redmond have also been convicted. Charges are pending against Tyshawn Bradley, Dallas McLamore, Tashawn Gay, David Varner, Latifah Donaldson, and Tara Robinson. 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.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Matthew Renneman, and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

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