Medina husband and wife facing federal charges for allegedly selling cocaine
Press Release, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. Western District of New York
BUFFALO – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Anthony Allee and Tashira Allee, both of Medina, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine, maintaining a drug-involved premises, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity.
The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $1 million fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin G. Bish, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on July 22, 2019, a search warrant was executed at the defendants’ residence on Ridge Road in Medina.
Investigators seized 11 firearms, numerous articles of property reported as stolen, marijuana, pills believed to be controlled substances, ammunition, scales, bags, and other items of evidence including Tashira Allee’s cell phone. The firearms included a Taurus Judge pistol that had been reported stolen in the Town of Tonawanda.
Investigators also searched a barn located behind the main house. Inside, a safe was located. Within the safe, officers recovered prescription pill bottles containing pills, and a loaded Colt .45 ACP pistol. Also seized from the barn were digital scales with white powder residue, plastic bags, ammunition, an SKS rifle and magazine, a Ruger model 10-22 carbine, and marijuana.
The defendants made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. Anthony Allee was detained. Tashira Allee was released on conditions.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Randy Bower, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.