Dale Lockwood’s ties to people in high places did him no good today.
The brother of Buffalo’s deputy police commissioner became the latest member of the Afro Dogs cocaine ring to go to jail.
Lockwood, 61, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to five years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine.
“I, of all people, should be setting an example,” Lockwood told Arcara. “I have learned a crucial and final lesson about keeping bad company.”
Lockwood was one of five defendants who went to trial earlier this year and the only one who the jury could not decide was guilty or innocent.
He later admitted to a lesser role in the drug-trafficking operation as part of a plea deal that required a mandatory five-year minimum sentence.
“We compromised,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz said today.
Defense attorney John P. Pieri asked Arcara to consider Lockwood’s age, health and remorse and noted that he, unlike most of the defendants in the high-profile drug case, was not a member of the Afro Dogs motorcycle club.
Lockwood, who had a previous felony drug conviction, never seemed to benefit from his brother’s position with the Buffalo Police Department despite dropping his name early on in the investigation.
“Do you have any idea who I am?” he reportedly said at one point. “My brother’s the deputy police commissioner.”
Since the day of his brother’s arrest in 2011, Deputy Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood has denied any involvement with the Afro Dogs drug ring, a claim investigators with the Drug Enforcement Administration have confirmed.
Lockwood was not the only defendant in the Afro Dogs case with connections to City Hall.
Ricky M. Allen Sr., who took a plea deal and became a key witness at this year’s trial, was the former head of the Buffalo Joint Commission to Examine Police Reorganization.
Allen was accused of passing inside information about police investigations to the alleged leader of the cocaine ring, and eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
He also was the target of an attack earlier this year that police believe was tied to his testimony in the drug case.
Investigators say 10 to 12 shots were fired into Allen’s home. Allen, his wife and their 11-year-old son were at home at the time but not injured.