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BPS teacher pleads guilty to selling marijuana, possessing firearms; faces up to life in prison

Michael Masecchia was arrested in August 2019
Posted at 6:57 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 19:06:04-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York says a Buffalo Public Schools teacher has pleaded guilty to selling marijuana and possessing guns for drug trafficking purposes.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 54-year-old Michael Masecchia of Williamsville had been selling marijuana throughout Western New York from 1999 until his arrest in August 2019.

Masecchia and others grew marijuana in Ellicottville and Franklinville for the purposes of selling it.

Following the successful execution of a search warrant, investigators uncovered the following at Masecchia's home

  • $27,950.00 in U.S. currency
  • Two rifles, five shotguns, and a pistol
  • Various ammunition for the firearms
  • Three Mason jars containing marijuana
  • Various steroids in liquid and tablet form
  • Hypodermic needles
  • THC edibles
  • Cannabis syrup
  • Two grams of a white powder suspected to be cocaine
  • Tylenol with Codeine tablets
  • Suspected hashish
  • A digital scale
  • A suspected marijuana cigarette
  • Numerous plastic bags and small bottles containing marijuana
  • Four cell phones

Masecchia faces a minimum of five years in prison to life in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine.