Rookie Buffalo cop pleads guilty to drug charge


A probationary Buffalo Police officer has pleaded guilty to selling drugs.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 29-year-old James Hamilton, Sr. sold a half-pound of marijuana to a source working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. At the time of the sale, Hamilton had his Buffalo Police-issued .40 caliber Glock handgun.

Hamilton was arrested and a search warrant was executed at his Floss Avenue residence. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says officers seized 80 pot plants, between three and four pounds of processed marijuana and a shotgun. As a result, he no longer works for Buffalo Police.

Hamilton pleaded guilty to distribution of marijuana. He could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both when he is sentenced in June.

Following his arrest, the rookie cop was fired from the Buffalo Police Department. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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