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Mayor Brown and BPD Announce Third Round Of Drug Raids
Contact: Mike DeGeorge
50 Arrest Made in Three Weeks of Raids
Mayor Byron W. Brown and Commissioner Daniel Derenda today announced that the Buffalo Police Department completed another phase of its relentless attack on illegal drugs and illegal guns, after a series of just completed raids primarily targeting the City’s West Side.
At least 14 arrests were made. Police confiscated over 14lbs. of marijuana, approximately 20 grams of heroin, crack cocaine and assorted prescription pills. Also seized were at least two weapons including one assault-style rifle.
“I’ve said many times before and I’ll say it again. Whether it is East Side, West Side, North or South, we are coming and drug dealers and other criminals should not feel comfortable,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “Over the last three weeks the Buffalo Police Department has conducted raids in different parts of the city and these raids will continue. If you’re dealing drugs in Buffalo be prepared for a knock on your door”.
The majority of the raids in this latest round-up, occurred on Saturday afternoon, November 20th.
Some of the highlights include:
Police, with the help of K-9 dog “Stark”, made two arrests, confiscated marijuana and recovered an assault rifle at 16 Millicent.
At 199 Parkdale, two more arrests were made as authorities confiscated crack cocaine and an illegal rifle.
Also included in the latest round of raids was an address on the East Side.
At 200 Gibson Street, police seized approximately a dozen bags of marijuana and over $100,000 in cash.
To date, over 700 search warrants have been executed this year in the City of Buffalo.
During the three week span, search warrants have been conducted in the Fruit Belt area, Broadway-Fillmore area, East Side and West Side.
Assisting in the weekend raids were agencies from, Violent Crimes Impact Team, Amherst Police Department, Tonawanda SWAT Team and the Lackawanna SWAT Team.
Operation IMPACT funding was once again made available for the execution of these search warrants throughout the city.
The Department is grateful to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services for this funding source, which allows local law enforcement to have an impact on illegal gangs, guns and drug activity in Buffalo.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios