BUFFALO, N.Y.–U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Christian Dean Reid, 39, a citizen of Canada, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara to making false statements. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who is handling the case, stated that on October 12, 2014, Reid, a native of England, told an officer of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection that he had not previously been arrested, even though the defendant knew this statement was false. Reid was arrested and convicted of a drug trafficking offense which affects his admissibility into the United States.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Randy Howe, Director of Field Operations.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 18, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. before Judge Arcara.