Niagara Gazette


May 7, 2013

Falls drug kingpin sentencing delayed


Niagara Gazette — A little more than two months later, local narcotics detectives and federal agents arrested six other suspects in Niagara County, a suspected cocaine supplier from Buffalo and two marijuana suppliers in the Massena, N.Y. area.

As a result of those arrests and raids, officers and agents seized marijuana and broke up a pot growing operation in a home in the 3200 block of North Avenue, recovering 13 long guns and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition from a home on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, two handguns from a home in Buffalo and another 13 long guns, including three assault rifles from residences in the Massena area.

The investigation began in October 2009, when "street sources" told Falls narcotics detectives that Hinks had been released from prison on an earlier drug conviction and "was living over the old Amato’s Bar (2007 Ferry Ave.) and dealing coke and marijuana."

Federal agents got involved when Falls police investigators discovered Hinks and Berard where actually smuggling their marijuana in from Canada and their cocaine from South American through Mexico.

As part of his plea agreement, Hinks also agreed to forfeit $774,000 in cash and property seized during the course of the investigation. Arcara signed an order, on March 7, directing that federal authorities take control of that cash and property.

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