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Nottingham Terrace man, Hertel barber charged with drug trafficking

A 10-month, two-country investigation led to the arrests Thursday of a Canadian man living on Nottingham Terrace and a Hertel Avenue barber and the seizure of quantities of alleged molly and ecstacy pills and about $13,000 cash in two raids, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Friday.

Richard Clarke, 47, the Canadian living in Buffalo, and Barrett Johnson, 32, a Jamestown resident who operates the Iconz Barbershop on Hertel, were charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, Hochul said.

Lawmen trailed Clark and Johnson Thursday as they drove to a spot on Elmwood Avenue where Johnson allegedly took a supply of the illicit drugs from Clarke’s vehicle, Hochul said. That led to raids at Clarke’s home and Johnson’s barber shop.

At the barbershop, investigators said, Johnson threw all of the items in his hands to the ground, including a blue Pepsi cup that contained a substance similar to molly.

During the execution of a search warrant at the Nottingham Terrance home, officers seized powdered molly and ecstasy pills as well as the $13,000 in cash.

Both men were arraigned Friday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and released pending further proceedings.