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Buffalo crack cocaine dealer given federal prison term

Melvin Tucker, 29, of Buffalo, was ordered Wednesday by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to serve a three year federal prison term for his conviction on charges of conspiracy and intent to distribute crack cocaine with others in the Commodore Perry Public Housing Projects.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said that between the summer of 2012 and April 3, 2013 Tucker was part of a gang at the projects. He was convicted of selling crack to customers throughout Buffalo. He and 11 others, some still facing trial, were arrested during an April 3, 2013 raid of homes on Fulton Street and Perry Street in which over 300 grams of cocaine base and 700 grams of powdered cocaine and a firearm were seized. The FBI, State Police and Buffalo Police coordinated a probe of a drug ring, prosecutors said.