Amherst man convicted of selling cocaine for two decades

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Amherst man who spent over two decades distributing cocaine in Western New York will now spend at least the next 20 years in federal prison.

Jack Reid, III was convicted in a jury trial Monday of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Between 1990 and 2012, the 46-year-old brought cocaine to Erie and Niagara counties from Rochester, NYC and Atlanta, Georgia. Over the course of two decades, Reid brought more than 70 kilograms of cocaine into WNY.

Reid will be sentenced in August and faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. He could be sentenced to life in prison.

In a forfeiture proceeding, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says prosecutors will seek to seize $1,000,000 in cash, two homes in Williamsville and Amherst, and three properties in the City of Buffalo. 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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