James Hamilton Sr., 29, of Buffalo, has been arrested on a variety of drug charges.
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Hamilton is charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana; manufacturing and possession with intent to distribute 50 or more marijuana plants; maintaining a premise for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing marijuana; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The charges carry a minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of life, a $2 million fine or both.
“This officer’s actions have disgraced the men and women of law enforcement who work to keep our cities, states and nation safe,” said Brian R. Crowell, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge. “When dirty cops tarnish the badge of those they have sworn to protect, their selfish acts disregard their pledge to protect the citizens of Buffalo.”
Hamilton, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, is a probationary Buffalo police officer who Wednesday allegedly sold a half pound of marijuana for $1,100 to a confidential source in the city of Buffalo.
During a subsequent search of Hamilton’s residence, officers discovered a marijuana growing operation in the basement which included 82 plants and approximately four pounds of harvested marijuana. In addition, officers recovered a shotgun.