BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Ricky Allen Sr., a community activist who police say was actually a drug trafficker, may have abused his position as leader of a Common Council panel by using police intelligence to tip off members of a cocaine distribution network.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda at a news conference Thursday stated, "It was a meeting of the police reorganization committee where I was speaking about the department. We went through a whole list of different initiatives going on. And some words to the effect of, we've got some big things going on news week and watch the news. With that, he took it upon himself to go further. And he found out about the warrants and he used information the way he shouldn't have."
Allen is accused of passing the information off to John Smith, the suspected cocaine trafficker and leader of the "Afro Dogs" Motorcycle club.
He was also arrested Thursday.
The club's Genesee Street headquarters was busted in 2007 after police found 500 pounds of marijuana there.
Thursday, agents say they found drugs, cash, and guns at the headquarters.
Federal agents and Buffalo police raided Allen's University district home Thursday morning. Federal prosecutors accuse Allen of using the home to stash drugs.
According to investigators, when police officials told Allen and other members of the Buffalo Police Reorganization committee that they were going to be executing hundreds of search warrants in the coming weeks and months, Allen allegedly used that information to help drug suspects by allegedly asserting the leader of the "Afro Dogs" motorcycle club, of which Allen is a member.
Nine others were also arrested Thursday, accused of being part of the cocaine ring.
Among them, the brother of Buffalo Police deputy Commissioner Byron Lockwood. Dale Lockwood is accused of stashing weapons and cash for the cocaine network.
An investigation is underway to find out how Ricky Allen Sr., was able to find out detailed information regarding upcoming warrants.
A Buffalo Police officer, who authorities believe had contact with the Afro Dogs motorcycle club, has been suspended as the investigation continues.