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.

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