Nine indicted for narcotic charges, sex trafficking

Over 200 officers and several law enforcement agencies were involved in a series of raids and arrests on Thursday
Erie County Sheriffs and Buffalo Police Department
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - A federal grand jury has returned a 13-count indictment with nine defendants being charged with narcotic conspiracy. This was a collaborative effort with local, state and federal law enforcement leaders.

The nine defendants named in the indictment are:

- Lairon Graham a/k/a Shah a/k/a Uncle Shah a/k/a Unc – 64, Buffalo, NY
- Kimberly Udrea – 34, Buffalo, NY
- Thomas Degree a/k/a Tommy – 57, Fairborn, GA
- Joseph Ward – 58, Buffalo, NY
- Jordan Davis a/k/a Little Corn a/k/a Baby Corn – 26, Tonawanda, NY
- Johnny Williams a/k/a Double R – 29, Buffalo, NY
- Jamie Washington – 29, Buffalo, NY
- Patrick Schrecengost a/k/a Country – 41, Buffalo, NY
- Anthony Graham a/k/a Uncle Tony – 69, Buffalo, NY

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Graham, Udrea, Davis, Williams, Washington, Schrecengost and Graham are also charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force or coercion. Lairon Graham has additional charges which include interstate transportation for purposes of prostitution, enticing travel to engage in prostitution, and possessing and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Stephen Belongia, FBI Buffalo Field Office's Special Agent in-charge says seven of the nine defendants were arrested without incident and two are already in custody.

Narcotics conspiracy carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of life for defendant Lairon Graham, and a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for the remaining defendants. Sex trafficking carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum of life.

Erie County Sheriff John Garcia shared details of the raid on 143 Grote Street which was conducted with Buffalo PD Swat Team at approximately 6:11 a.m Thursday morning. The raid resulted in a seizure of five illegal handguns, five ounces of cocaine and a half ounce of fentanyl. This resulted in the arrest of 44-year-old D'Angelo Allen.

"D'Angelo Allen, he was charged with criminal possession of a narcotic, four ounces of more which is a Class A felony, felony criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell which is a B felony, five counts of criminal possession of a loaded firearm and criminal possession of a narcotic which is a Class C felony," reported Sheriff Garcia. His charges also include endangering the welfare of a child.

Law enforcement officials stress all parties are innocent until proven guilty.