LAKEWOOD - Lakewood-Busti Police Chief John Bentley explained the process of taking a village man into federal custody at a recent Lakewood board meeting.
After police seized $160,000 worth of marijuana from his properties earlier this year, Jeffrey Boardman, 48, of 288 Southland Ave., was recently 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.
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.
The case was adopted by the Buffalo office of the DEA and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to Bentley, when doing narcotics investigations, he works with the federal government due to the federal Asset Forfeiture program, which allows more money to stay local. Up to 50 percent of the assets seized stay within the county through the federal program, and these funds go to the district attorney, the agencies involved and the drug enforcement administration with the rest of the assets going to the federal government. In the state Asset Forfeiture program, only 40 percent stays with the local police force while the majority goes to drug treatment programs in New York City and whatever else the state sees fit to spend it on.
"I always work with the feds," Bentley said. "We do all the work, we should get our fair share."
In other news, the board of trustees, acting as the Board of Fire Commissioners, authorized Daniel Imfeld to attend the annual Hazardous Materials Conference in Hunt Valley, Md., from May 29 through June 1 and Fire Chief Kurt Hallberg, First Asst. Chief Steve Smouse, Captain Paul Taber and Safety Officer Jackson Knowlton to attend the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs' Convention and Trade Show from June 12-15 at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona. All attending will be reimbursed for any and all legal expenses incurred.
The board also authorized Department of Public Works Supervisor Thomas Pilling to attend the New York State Highway Superintendents School to be held in Ithaca from June 1-4. Pilling will also be reimbursed for any and all legal expenses incurred.