A man accused of running a heroin ring in two local striptease clubs was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to 100 months in federal prison.
Jay Vellon of Buffalo, one of 27 defendants charged in the case, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to possess and sell heroin between June 2008 and February 2010.
At the time of his arrest, Vellon was accused of selling heroin at Rick’s Tally-Ho in Cheektowaga and 24KT Solid Gold in Hamburg.
The two clubs were owned at the time by Richard A. Snowden, a former Buffalo businessman who became widely known in charitable circles and who considered running for public office. Snowden was never charged in the case, and he denied any knowledge of the drug dealing.
Vellon’s conviction was the result of an investigation by the FBI-led Safe Streets Task Force.