Niagara Gazette

Crime

February 26, 2014

Cops continue drug raids in the city

Niagara Gazette — Falls Police narcotics detectives say the start of a new year has not seen a break in their war on neighborhood drug dealers.

Narcotics cops said Tuesday they've taken down four more local dealers since mid-January in an on-going effort to provide "relief" to communities across the Cataract City.

"These were all neighborhood dealers," Narcotics Division Capt. Dave LeGault said of the recent raids. "We've been doing other things as well, long-term investigations involving major dealers, but it's our goal to get the neighborhood dealers."

In mid-January, LeGault said a raid led by Emergency Response Team officers took down a gun-toting dealer in Deveaux. 

"This guy was involved in some narcotics sales," LeGault said. "But we also saw him coming and going with what appeared to be some long guns. So that was a concern."

The suspect, Jonathan Osborne, had two previous felony convictions and could not legally own a gun. 

"He would take them in and out wrapped in blankets," LeGault said. "And (we) weren't sure exactly what (type of long guns) they were."

When investigators entered Osborne's apartment, they found a small amount of marijuana and seized a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and three replica handguns.

"We don't know what he planned to do with (the replica guns)," LeGault said. "But they looked very real."

Osborne, 29, 4600 Hyde Park Blvd., Apt. 91, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana.  

Days later, detectives moved to the Pine Avenue business district and hit an apartment behind the U.S. Post Office branch there.

With assistance from the Niagara County Drug Task Force, narcotics investigators took down Antoine White and seized quantities of crack cocaine and prescription pills including Hydrocodone tablets. 

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