Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Troy Cooley, 52, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, before U.S. Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the case, stated that between June 2013 and February 25, 2014, the defendant conspired with others to buy and sell crack cocaine in the City of Buffalo.
Also charged in this case are co-defendants Anthony McCutcheon, Troy Cooley, Deandre Sparks, William Jefferson, Markiel Hall, Morrell Buster, Alicia Maghett and Carmella Rivera. Sparks, Hall, Maghett, and Owens have also been convicted. Charges are pending against McCutcheon, Jefferson, Buster, and Rivera. 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 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Michel.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Skretny.