JAMESTOWN – An Ellicott man plead guilty Thursday to conspiracy to transfer firearms purchased outside of state of residency, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy C. Lynch and Emmanuel O. Ulubiyo, who are handling the case, stated that between December 2017 and March 23, 2018, Tyler Craig Anderson, 29, who was engaged in narcotics trafficking, conspired with Robert Lincoln to transport firearms from Pennsylvania to New York. At the direction of Anderson, Lincoln made straw purchases of firearms in Pennsylvania in his own name. The firearms were then transported to New York. Lincoln purchased three rifles and a shotgun for Anderson.
On March 9, 2018, during the execution of a state search warrant at the defendant’s residence on Willard Street Extension in Ellicott, law enforcement officers recovered approximately 62 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, and small baggies. Officers also seized the four firearms purchased by Robert Lincoln, as well as 11 other firearms. Anderson admitted the firearms were used in connection with his drug trafficking activities.
Robert Lincoln was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Buffalo Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings, and the Ellicott Police Department, under the direction of Chief William L. Ohnmeiss, Jr.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Geraci.