A Cheektowaga man has been charged with possession of child pornography, illegal guns, and growing marijuana. John Stuart is facing a maximum of 20 years in prison for the charges, according to WIVB. He is also facing a fine of $500,000 for all of the charges. The Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office of Western District of New York has charged Stuart with,

Receipt and possession of child pornography, possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance, manufacturing of marijuana plants, and maintaining drug-involved premises.

Officers with the FBI Buffalo Child Exploitation Task Force and the Cheektowaga Police Department executed a search warrant at Stuart's home on Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga on October 19, 2020. Authorities removed a cell phone, two laptop computers, two external hard-drives, and a desktop computer tower from the home. Three child pornography videos were found on a cell phone. Police also found a bedroom that had been converted to a marijuana grow room. According to the office of U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr.,

The room consisted of a tent housing approximately five mature marijuana plants, and four smaller plants, being grown hydroponically. Approximately one pound of dried marijuana ready for use, approximately six pounds of wet marijuana, and a quantity of psilocybin mushrooms were also seized. Three firearms, including one loaded with nine rounds of ammunition, were also found in the residence.

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