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Three men first suspected of drug offenses are convicted on gun charges

Three instances of suspected possession of marijuana wound up with three convictions for illegal possession of loaded weapons in Erie County courts.

Davis Gadley, 20, of Sattler Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after being found with a loaded 9mm pistol in December 2014. According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Gadley had told two Buffalo Strike Force Officers that he had two bags of pot and when they asked for it, he handed them a cheeseburger. The gun was in his other pocket, police said.

In a second case, Mark E. Hill Jr. of Crossman Street, who was stopped for speeding by Cheektowaga Police in January and was found to have a bag suspected to be marijuana in his Jeep, was convicted for illegal possession of a loaded T54 9mm Luger.

Raheem Bethea of Warren Street pleaded guilty to the weapons charge and to two counts of marijuana possession. Narcotics officers raided his home in September 2014 and recovered a reported 18 ounces of marijuana and a loaded HiPoint assault rifle. After his release on bail, he was arrested on another marijuana charge.

All three men are scheduled for sentencing in July.