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Sheriff's officials: Buffalo Sewer Authority worker found with 37 pounds of cocaine

A Buffalo Sewer Authority supervisor was arrested Wednesday on multiple felony drug charges after he was pulled over by Erie County Sheriff's detectives on the I-190 with just shy of 37.5 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle, sheriff's officials said.

Lancer Parker, 41, of Johnson Street in Buffalo who has worked as an equipment operator with the sewer authority for about 9 1/2 years, was arrested along with two Alabama men, arrest records show.

The men from Alabama, Eric B. Young, 44, of Huntsville and Chancellor J. Smith, 22, of Pine Apple were stopped Wednesday in a semi tractor-trailer on Slade Avenue in West Seneca and found to be in possession of more than $600,000 in cash, officials said.

All three men were charged with felony first-degree criminal possession of more than 8 ounces of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal conspiracy to perform a Class A felony and criminal possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to sell.

The sewer authority suspended Parker and put him on administrative leave with pay pending the legal process, Oluwole "OJ" McFoy, general manager of the sewer authority, said Thursday. Records show Parker earned $45,442 last fiscal year.


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