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Alleged cocaine dealer pleads guilty to charges

An alleged cocaine dealer accused of receiving inside information about police investigations pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to drugs and weapons charges.

John C. Smith, 53, of Buffalo, admitted taking part in several drug deals as part of a plea agreement that could send him to prison for more than 20 years.

Smith was part of a drug ring that included Ricky M. Allen Sr., former interim chairman of the Buffalo Joint Commission to Examine Police Reorganization, and Dale Lockwood, brother of Deputy Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duskiewicz.

Smith, who police claim was president of the local Afro Dogs motorcycle club, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm.

Police also claim Smith received information about pending drug investigations from Allen.