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Probationary Buffalo Cop Busted on Pot Charges

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A rookie Buffalo Police Officer has made a huge rookie mistake, say prosecutors. Investigators say he grew and distributed marijuana.

The US Attorney's Office says 29 year old James Hamilton, Sr. sold two ¼ pound quantities of marijuana for $1,100 to a confidential source in the area of Bailey and Broadway. Prosecutors say a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence at 165 Floss Avenue in Buffalo. During the search, officers discovered a marijuana grow operation in the basement of Hamilton’s house which included 82 plants and approximately four pounds of harvested marijuana. In addition, officers recovered a shotgun in the defendant’s bedroom. 

“Those who take an oath to uphold the law are held to the highest stand of conduct and the vast majority of officers do just do that,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “Whether experienced or new to their position, this office will not hesitate to act when it receives evidence of criminal wrongdoing involving an officer. Thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement partners, this  case was brought to its conclusion within 24 hours of it being brought to our attention.” 
Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Brian R. Crowell stated, "This officer’s actions have disgraced the men and women of law enforcement who work to keep our cities, states and nation safe.  Just this week, the largest medical group in the United States issued a statement outlining the public health harms of marijuana, which is the illicit drug that Hamilton produced and sold out of his house for profit, fueling the marijuana supply and health dangers in the Buffalo area. When dirty cops tarnish the badge of those they have sworn to protect, their selfish acts disregard their pledge to protect the citizens of Buffalo." Special Agent in Charge Crowell commends the DEA Buffalo Resident Office, Buffalo Police Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office for their quick and effective joint investigation.

Hamilton is charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana; manufacturing and possession with intent to distribute 50 or more marijuana plants; maintaining a premises for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing marijuana; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Hamilton was in US Magistrate Court Thursday afternoon.

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