Buffalo Man Sentenced for Possession of Cocaine

Modified: February 21, 2018 3:02pm

2/21/2018

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 31-year-old Musa Ramadan of Buffalo was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to 3 ½ years in prison and 5 years post-release supervision.

On the evening of May 7, 2017, Ramadan, who was driving with a suspended license, made a quick turn on Hertel Avenue, cutting off another motorist and causing a minor crash.  The defendant exited his vehicle and ran toward bushes on the side of the road where he attempted to hide a plastic bag. When Buffalo Police Officer Ciszek arrived on the scene, he found the bag, which contained more than eight ounces of powder cocaine. A Buffalo Police K9 was brought to the scene, and it detected the odor of narcotics in Ramadan’s car. DNA analysis confirmed that Ramadan’s DNA was a match to the DNA profile found on the bag of cocaine.

In December 2017, the defendant pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A felony. Ramadan has a history of criminal convictions including possession of an illegal firearm.

DA Flynn commends Buffalo Police Officers Terrance Ciszek and Ryan Crespo for their thorough investigation.

Assistant District Attorney Justin T. Wallens of the DA’s Narcotics Unit prosecuted the case.