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Canadian man pleads guilty to possession of cocaine

A Canadian man on Thursday admitted in U.S. District Court in Buffalo that he conspired with two other men to sell cocaine.

John Lambert, 65, pleaded guilty before Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distributing 500 grams or more of cocaine. He could be sentenced Dec. 14 to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years.

Lambert was recruited in 2013 by Harvey Peake to help transport drugs, prosecutors alleged, and on Oct. 3, 2016, they traveled to the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo to hand off 10 kilograms of cocaine. When an alleged conspirator pulled up next to Peake's vehicle there, Peake attempted to give a suitcase containing the cocaine to that individual, but Peake and Lambert were arrested, prosecutors alleged.

Charges are pending against Peake.


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