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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Trini E. Ross
, United States Attorney

Buffalo Man Going to Prison for Selling Crack Cocaine

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Nikita Burt, 39, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, crack cocaine, was sentenced to serve 21 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, stated that between October 2021, and January 12, 2022, Burt supplied crack cocaine to co-defendant David Garrett, who then sold the cocaine to an individual working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Between November and December 2021, the DEA conducted three controlled purchases of cocaine from David Garrett. On January 12, 2022, DEA agents executed search warrants on Burt’s vehicle and his Mortimer Street residence, which agents believed he was utilizing as a location to store drugs. During the search of Burt’s vehicle, they recovered $2,334 in cash. During the search of Burt’s Mortimer residence, agents recovered three defaced handguns. One of the handguns was linked to Burt through DNA analysis.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division, the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.

New York Field Division