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Mayor Brown Announces Successful Drug Raids
Contact: Peter K. Cutler
Zero Tolerance Anti-Crime Effort Continues to Target Illegal Drug Trafficking, Gun Violence and Gang Activity; Focus is on Restoring Neighborhood Quality of Life
Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda and other members of the Buffalo Police Department to highlight recent drug raids that brought about several arrests and the seizure of drugs, illegal guns and cash.
“Following a well-coordinated, two-day operation targeting homes suspected of harboring illegal drug trafficking, the Buffalo Police Department, aided by other law enforcement agencies, made seventeen arrests, confiscated drugs, cash and illegal guns, including an AK-47,” said Mayor Brown. “We promised that we would be relentless in our pursuit of criminals harming our residents’ quality of life and we have lived up to that promise. These coordinated raids will continue and I thank the dedication and determination of the professional men and women of the Buffalo Police Department, as well as our law enforcement partners, for their continuing success in arresting these criminals.”
The recent drug raids focused on neighborhoods in the Masten District, east of Main Street on Jewett Parkway and Marigold Street and in the Cambridge Avenue-East Delavan area. In all, 23 search warrants were executed and 17 arrests were made, mostly on weapons possession and drug charges.
“The Mayor has made it clear that he wants the Buffalo Police Department to be relentless in its pursuit of these criminals that are harming neighborhood residents’ quality of life and we are doing just that,” said Commissioner Derenda. “Anyone who thinks they can profit from any type of criminal action couldn’t be more wrong. We will track them down, arrest them and put them in jail.”
The raids were coordinated and led by the Buffalo Police Narcotics Squad and Buffalo SWAT, with assistance from NFTA Police, Erie County Sheriffs and Amherst Police.
Police confiscated over 7 lbs of marijuana and 3 oz. of crack cocaine, recovered 3 weapons: 2 shotguns and an AK-47. They also seized two thousand dollars in cash.
To date, over 700 search warrants have been executed this year through the Buffalo Police Department, including a late September 2010 two-day operation conducted by Buffalo Police Narcotic Squad Detectives that resulted in 25 arrests in and around Carl, Cambridge, East Delavan, Ernst, Glenwood, Moselle, Northumberland, Stevens and Sussex Streets plus other areas including Bennett Village, Goodyear and Langfield.
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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