Over the objections of a federal prosecutor, a judge has ordered the release Ricky M. Allen Sr. from jail while he awaits trial in the Afro Dogs narcotics trafficking case.
Allen, 54, will be released on $250,000 in property bail and signature bonds but will be confined to his Roosevelt Avenue home on electronic monitoring, U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott ruled over the weekend.
"Judge Scott agreed to release him after a lot of [Allen's] friends and family members said they would put up their homes or savings for bail," defense attorney Thomas J. Eoannou said in federal court Monday.
Allen, former interim chairman of the Buffalo Joint Commission to Examine Police Reorganization, was arrested March 3 after a lengthy investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Buffalo FBI office.
He faces felony charges of conspiracy, drug distribution, maintaining a facility to store and distribute drugs, using a telephone to facilitate drug trafficking and obstruction of justice. He pleaded not guilty.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz argued last week that Allen is a danger to the community and should be detained in jail until trial, but Eoannou pointed out that Allen, a retiree from Moog in East Aurora, has no prior criminal record.
Eoannou said that "at worst," Allen allowed a friend to use his basement, allegedly for the storage of cocaine.