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March 6, 2014

Falls "frequent flyer" gets federal time in drug case

Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — A Falls man, that narcotics detectives refer to as a “frequent flyer” in the drug trade has been sent to federal prison for four years.

Though that sentence has put a deal with prosecutors in another local drug case involving Rashan Vincent on hold for the moment.

Vincent, 32, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on a single charge of possession of cocaine. The charge stems from a June 9, 2011, raid at a home in the 2200 block of Niagara Street, where Falls police narcotics detectives seized more than 33 grams of cocaine. 

That raid was part of a large scale investigation by Falls Police and federal agents from the DEA, ATF and Customs and Border Protection into the drug dealing of more than two dozen Falls gang-bangers. The probe was dubbed Operation Wild Nation.

The name stemmed from the a year long look at the activities of five of the Cataract City’s violent street gangs and their drug suppliers. The crews that were targeted in the probe were all home-grown. 

Their names, 9th & Wild, Get Money Nation (GMN), Stash House, 8th Street Boys and 20th N Centre were familiar to both cops and the community.

While most of charges lodged in Operation Wild Nation were dismissed, because of issues involving the confidential informants used in the investigation, the charge from the raid at Vincent’s Niagara Street home survived.

Vincent, a member of the 9th & Wild street gang, who has racked up 113 arrests, 13 on narcotics charges, in his lifetime, was jailed after being picked up in the Wild Nation investigation. He was released from federal custody and placed under home confinement in August 2012. 

It didn’t take him long to get back into the business of dealing dope.

Just over a year ago, in February 2013, Falls police narcotics detectives hit a 12th Street crack house and found Vincent and another man there. The raid netted the local drug investigators a quarter of an ounce of crack cocaine and a loaded 9-mm semi-automatic Ruger handgun.

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