Edward Green Pleads Guilty to Selling Cocaine Base in Lackawanna
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Edward Green, 28, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of public housing property, before Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio. The charge carries a mandatory minimum term of one year in prison and the maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, a mandatory $100 special assessment and a term of supervised release of six years up to life.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who is handling the case, stated that on August 18, 2014, the defendant sold approximately 3 grams of cocaine base, a Schedule II controlled substance, to a confidential informant working with officers of the Lackawanna Police Department (LPD). The controlled purchase, observed by the LPD officers occurred within 1,000 feet of the Baker Homes Housing Project in Lackawanna, New York. On August 19, 2014, the defendant sold approximately 2 grams of cocaine base, a Schedule II controlled substance, to a confidential informant working with the LPD officers. The controlled purchase, observed by the LPD officers, occurred in the vicinity of Bethlehem Street in Lackawanna, New York.
The plea is the result of the culmination of an investigation by: Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Brian Boetig; Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Michelle Spahn, Resident Agent in Charge; Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Steven Dickey, Resident Agent in Charge; and the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of James L. Michel, Chief of Police.
Sentencing is scheduled to be set by Judge Skretny.