According to the U.S. Attorney the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo, 27 year-old Craig Anderson and 26 year-old Robert Lincoln were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to make false statements to purchase firearms, which carries a mandatory penalty of five years in prison.
In addition, Anderson is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes, which are punishable by a mandatory minimum five years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
According to a media release, the Ellicott Police Department received complaints from area residents regarding suspected drug dealing at Anderson’s residence on Willard Street Extension.
On March 9, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Anderson’s residence and recovered cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 14 firearms, and ammunition.
Subsequent investigation determined that at least three of the firearms were purchased by Lincoln at a sporting goods store in Russell, Pennsylvania. According to the complaint, Lincoln completed the required federal forms stating that he was the purchaser of the firearms, but shortly thereafter, he turned the firearms over to Anderson.
Law enforcement officers reviewed a Facebook page believed to be operated by defendant Anderson. One post read, “I gotta bout 30 guns and I love em all the same bang bang ‘merica.” Another Facebook user commented, “And get them all taken the same when they say you can’t have them anymore.” Anderson responded, “They’ re gonna have to kill me mane [sic].”
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin P. Lyons, the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings, and the Ellicott Police Department, under the direction of Chief William L. Ohnmeiss, Jr.