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JUDGE SETS $50,000 BAIL FOR MOFFETT SUSPECT IN SHOOTING ENTERS INNOCENT PLEA

Clyde L. Moffett, a reputed Buffalo marijuana kingpin linked to a suspected East Side drug gatehouse, was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail after he pleaded innocent today in the shooting of a man last July.

Moffett also faces charges of possessing more than 10 pounds of marijuana seized in a recent raid, authorities said.

State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti set the bail at the request of the district attorney's office. Moffett has been jailed since Jan. 19 after prosecutors claimed that his reputed shooting victim, Sam Stevens, 40, has been subjected to recent threats.

Moffett's arraignment had been delayed at the request of his attorneys.

Sheila A. DiTullio, chief of the district attorney's Grand Jury Bureau, refused to reveal the nature of the alleged threats against Stevens, who was shot in the leg last July 30, or why Moffett allegedly shot him.

However, law enforcement sources confirmed that Stevens, of Ernest Avenue, was held in custody for several hours two weeks ago as a material witness in the grand jury probe of the shooting. Stevens was released after he testified, law enforcement sources said.

Moffett, who has addresses listed at 484 W. Utica St. and 53 Kehr St., has been identified by Buffalo police as "a major supplier of marijuana on the East Side" and the mastermind behind alleged drug dealing at the Kehr Street location.

The city is attempting to use a new ordinance to prevent further use of 53 Kehr, scene of 46 drug-related arrests since June, as a suspected drug gatehouse for the distribution of illicit narcotics. Moffett doesn't own the property.

Herbert L. Greenman, Moffett's chief attorney, said he didn't know if Moffett can post the bail.

Moffett was arrested during a Nov. 8 raid on both his residences. Police reported seizing over 10 pounds of marijuana and marijuana distribution packets and an unlicensed .38-caliber revolver.

Until his mid-January arrest on an indictment warrant, Moffett had been free on $10,000 bail in the marijuana case. Authorities revoked the earlier bail in mid-January when he was held without bail following the arrest.

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