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Williamsville drug dealer who used family as couriers sentenced to 25 years

A Williamsville man who used family members as drug couriers to distribute cocaine was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 10 years supervised release following his conviction on drug charges.

Jack Reid III, 49, also was ordered to forfeit $1 million and two properties in Williamsville and Amherst.

Beginning in 1990 through April, 2012, Reid used members of his family and others as drug couriers to distribute  more than 50 kilograms of cocaine, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch. The cocaine, which was obtained from sources in Rochester, New York City and Atlanta, was distributed in various areas throughout Erie and Niagara Counties.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara's sentencing of Reid was the culmination of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Lackawanna Police Department and the Lockport Police Department.

Reid was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

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