Jack Reid III, 46, of Amherst was convicted by a federal court jury today of trafficking in over five kilograms of cocaine following a brief trial before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Trial prosecutors Thomas S. Duszkiewicz and John M. Alsup said Reid, arrested two years ago, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a possible life term. He also could be fined up to $20 million.
From 1990 until his arrest, Reid was using family members and friends as drug couriers to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine for him that he obtained from sources in Rochester and Atlanta, prosecutors said. During the trial the jury learned that Reid had trafficked in over 70 kilograms of cocaine. The prosecutors said the Federal Government will also be seeking $1 million from Reid and two houses he owns in Williamsville and Amherst, as well as three properties he owns in Buffalo.
Lackawanna and Lockport police worked with the federal DEA on the case, the prosecutors said.
Neither Reid nor his attorneys could be reached to comment.