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Company that ran Rick's Tally-Ho is sentenced for drug trafficking

The drug and prostitution case against a Cheektowaga strip club drew to a close Thursday in a federal courtroom.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara sentenced Tally-Ho Entertainment LLC, the company that ran Rick's Tally-Ho, to a year of probation.

But the business is closed, so the sentencing was more procedural.

Probation is mandatory under sentencing guidelines, explained Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser.

"The probation is just a formality," defense attorney Joel L. Daniels said outside the courtroom. "The company stopped doing business, and we already paid $350,000 in forfeitures."

The corporation, owned and operated by Richard A. Snowden, pleaded guilty in May to a charge of maintaining a premises involved with drug trafficking, under a plea agreement reached with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo.

The corporation paid the $350,000 fine, although Snowden was not criminally prosecuted as an individual in the case. Snowden, who moved out of Western New York last year, was not in court Thursday.

An FBI-led task force raided the club on Genesee Street early March 2, 2010, arresting 27 people allegedly involved in drug dealing at Tally-Ho and at a club in Hamburg that has no ties to Snowden.

Investigators alleged that strippers engaged in prostitution activities in private rooms at Tally-Ho and employees sold heroin and cocaine in the club.

The State Liquor Authority suspended Tally-Ho's liquor license three weeks after the raid, then revoked it in June 2010.

Snowden eventually sold the club last October for $750,000 to businessman David Scrivani, who now operates it as Tiffany's Cabaret & Steakhouse.

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