Deputies say man was selling cocaine from his boat

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Seven people were arrested after deputies say they discovered a man was selling cocaine from his boat.

Deputies stopped Melvin Ward, 32, of Buffalo for speeding within 100-feet of shore. On his boat, authorities say they found 18 bags of cocaine, totaling a half-ounce. He is charged with criminal possession and criminal possession with intent to sell.

Also arrested were Matthew Ohleman, 25; Nicholas Pera, 49; Charles Licthenberger, 28; Erin Mahoney, 31; Elizabeth Honan, 27; and Justin Hart, 22. All are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Ohleman is additionally charged with obstruction of governmental administration for allegedly interfering with deputies while they were on the stopped vessel.

Ward is being held in the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment. Ohelman is being held on $500 bail. 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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