Modified: September 11, 2019 12:26pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 26-year-old Laotis Green of Buffalo pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a Class “A-II” felony, and one count of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a Class “D” violent felony. The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest charge in one of the indictments against him on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
On April 12, 2018, at approximately 9:35 p.m., the defendant was the passenger of a vehicle that was pulled over on William and Thomas Streets in the City of Buffalo. When the officer approached, he smelled the odor of marijuana, which prompted a search of the vehicle. The defendant ran from the scene and was not apprehended by police. The search uncovered more than 4 ounces of cocaine in the center console, which was linked to the defendant through DNA analysis.
On April 28, 2018, at approximately 3:15 a.m., police were responding to a 911 call in the vicinity when they approached a vehicle parked on Johnson Street in the City of Buffalo. The defendant, who was wanted on a warrant, was sitting in the front passenger seat. Police searched the vehicle and found a loaded pistol underneath the front passenger seat. The weapon was linked to the defendant through DNA analysis.
Green faces 8 years in prison when he is sentenced on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. He remains held without bail.
DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department and the New York State Police for their work in the investigation.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank A. Strano of the DA’s Narcotics Unit.