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Deputies arrest man selling cocaine on boat in Lake Erie

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BUFFALO, NY (WOIO) -

Seven people were arrested after deputies from New York's Erie County Sheriff's Marine Unit stopped a boat for speeding within 100 feet of shore. Further investigation led deputies to the discovery of a large amount of cocaine. 
 
Deputies found 18 bags of cocaine, totaling ½ ounce, in the possession of Melvin Ward, 32. It was determined he was selling the cocaine from the boat.

Ward was charged with two felony counts, including criminal possession and criminal possession with intent to sell. 
 
The following were also arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance:

- Matthew Ohleman, 25
- Nicholas Pera, 49
- Charles Licthenberger, 28
- Erin Mahoney, 31
- Elizabeth Honan, 27
- Justin Hart, 22

Ohleman faces additional charges of obstruction of governmental administration when he interfered with the deputies while they were on the stopped vessel. 
 
"This was a very dangerous situation our deputies found themselves in but their training and experience quickly brought it under control until backup arrived," said Sheriff Timothy Howard.
 
U.S. Coast Guard Station Buffalo dispatched one of its boats to assist the deputies. Upon arrival, Coast Guard personnel rescued one individual from the water and turned that individual over to the custody of the Erie County Sheriff Deputies. 
 
"Knowing that other law enforcement marine units are available to assist my deputies is appreciated and I want to thank the Coast Guard for its quick response," said Howard. 
 
Ward is in custody at the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in Buffalo City Court.

Ohelman was transported to the holding center in lieu of $500 bail.

The rest of the individuals were issued appearance tickets for Buffalo City Court and are due to appear on June 30. 

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