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Williamsville man sentenced for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine

A Williamsville man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to 25 years in prison, following his conviction on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing 500 grams or more of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said 34-year-old Richard Lucas also was fined $60,000 and will forfeit about $30,000.

Search warrants for Lucas and his co-defendant, Dominic Daniels, were conducted May 15, 2017, according to prosecutors. Surveillance that day showed Daniels leaving a Cheektowaga hotel and entering a vehicle. Daniels was stopped and searched after conducting a narcotics transaction on James Street in Buffalo. The search uncovered 744 grams of cocaine and about $16,000 in cash.

A search of Daniels' hotel room uncovered about $33,000. Lucas attempted to elude Erie County sheriff's deputies when he arrived at the hotel. He was taken into custody and found in possession of nearly $70,000 in jewelry.

At his trial, it was established that Lucas was obtaining cocaine from Houston and distributing it in the Buffalo area, prosecutors said.

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