Last Perry Housing Projects Drug Trafficker Convicted
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Dallas McLamore, 30, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine within 1000 feet of the Perry Housing Projects before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a fine of $10,000,000.
“With the last of the Perry Housing Projects drug traffickers now convicted, we are pleased to return the entire complex to its rightful tenants,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “With the continuing assistance and cooperation of the tenants, we are also able to ensure such criminals will never return.”
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy C. Lynch and Michael J. Adler, who are handling the prosecution, stated that the defendant was part of a narcotics trafficking ring headed by Tyshawn Bradley that operated primarily in the Perry Housing Projects in Buffalo. Bradley’s organization maintained several apartments on the grounds of the projects, operated by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, where members of Bradley’s organization, including the defendant, sold crack cocaine on a daily basis.
The defendant was arrested along with nine others on April 3, 2013 following the execution of search warrants several locations in the City of Buffalo and Cheektowaga, including at 124 Fulton Street and 305 Perry Street, which are located at the Perry Housing Projects. During the searches at the Perry Housing Projects, officers recovered over 300 grams of crack cocaine and 700 grams of powered cocaine as well as a sawed-off, 9mm semiautomatic rifle.
To date, all 10 defendants have been convicted.
Today’s plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen. The task force includes representatives of the Amherst Police Department; the Buffalo Police Department; U.S. Border Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Cheektowaga Police Department; the Erie County Sheriff’s Department; the Hamburg Police Department; the Lancaster Police Department; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police; the New York State Department of Correctional Services; the New York State Police; and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. Additional assistance was provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the United States Marshal Service, the Lackawanna Police Department, and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Vilardo.