Man admits drug trafficking at projects

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to a drug charge involving public housing projects Friday, after being arrested with 12 others in April 2013.

U.S. Attorney Bill Hochul announced 30-year-old Darnell Brown pleaded guilty to drug trafficking activities.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office focused their investigation on the alleged drug trafficking activities of Brown, Tyshawn Bradley, Dallas McLamore and their associates.

According to the indictment, Bradley, Brown, McLamore and Eric Ross operated a cocaine base and cocaine distribution organization out of several apartments within the Perry Housing Projects. Police used court-ordered wire interceptions, undercover drug purchases, covert cameras and traditional police investigative techniques to infiltrate and dismantle this organization.

On April 3, 2013 police executed search warrants and recovered 300 grams of cocaine base, 700 grams of powdered cocaine, and a firearm.

Brown pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10,000,000 fine.

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