CELORON - A Lakewood man is in federal custody after police seized $160,000 worth of marijuana from his properties earlier this year.
Officers from the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ellicott Police Department arrested Jeffrey Boardman, 48, of 288 Southland Ave., Lakewood, on Melvin Avenue in Celoron on Monday.
Boardman was taken into custody without incident on a federal grand jury indictment warrant. Boardman is charged with conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture containing marijuana; and using and maintaining premises to manufacture, distribute and use marijuana.
Boardman was transported to the United States Courthouse for the Western District of New York in Buffalo, where he initially appeared before the magistrate and was then remanded into federal custody without bail pending further court proceedings.
The charges in this indictment are the result of an investigation concluded in February during which several houses owned and operated by Boardman were searched. Several sophisticated marijuana growing operations were seized, along with a large quantity of marijuana. The case was adopted by the Buffalo office of the DEA and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
On Feb. 21, SWAT teams from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and the Jamestown Police Department executed four search warrants, seizing more than 150 marijuana plants. The warrants, issued out of Chautauqua County Court, authorized the search of 288 Southland Ave., Lakewood, 24 Melvin Ave. and 51 Boulevard Ave. in Celoron, and 70 W. 13th St. in Jamestown. The investigation lasted 10 months.
Boardman's wife, Tiffany, 47, was taken into custody in March by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and the Lakewood-Busti Police Department on charges of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful growing of marijuana. She was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail on $10,000 bail or $20,000 property bond.