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Buffalo man arrested on drug charges


BUFFALO -- Odessin McBride, 38, of Buffalo, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $2,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Felicetta, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, McBride distributed cocaine and crack cocaine in the Jamestown area. After law enforcement officers surveilled the defendant selling cocaine, they obtained a search warrant for McBride’s Sampson Street residence in Jamestown.  On May 19, 2017, special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, working with officers from the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, executed the warrant and located McBride inside the residence with his wife and four-year-old child. Police also recovered cash, four digital scales, and a shrink-wrapping machine in the kitchen. In the yard of the residence, buried under the soil near some bushes, police recovered scales, baggies, a razor blade, and a quantity of cocaine sealed in shrink-wrapped plastic bags. A total of 4.5 ounces of cocaine and one ounce of crack cocaine was seized.

The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and is being held pending a detention hearing.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, which includes officers from the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings, the Ellicott Police Department, under the direction of William L. Ohnmeiss Jr., and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), under the direction of Lieutenant Kevin Reyes and Major David Krause.