Niagara Gazette


March 24, 2014

Tonawanda woman popped for selling pills out of home

Niagara Gazette — Tonawanda City Police Department detectives arrested a Franklin Street woman Saturday for selling prescription drugs out of her home.

Joyce R. Harris, 49, was observed by the authorities over several weeks for selling opiates, along with a lesser amount of steroids, all doled out in pill form, according to police. 

"She had a regular customer base and was obtaining illegal pills and selling them out of the bottle," said police Capt. Frederic Foels. 

Harris was also arrested in February for shoplifting at Tops Friendly Market on Niagara Street, when she was accused of stealing patties, while also being sought on an outstanding warrant in the City of Buffalo. She was arrested at least one other time in 2009 in the Town of Tonawanda for a petit larceny warrant dating back to 2003. 

Foels said more recently Harris had been selling Hydrocodone, an opiate, and the less potent suboxone "strips", which are often used for those attempting to ween themselves off more addictive prescription medications. Both were sold for $25 and $5 respectively. 

"For the most part it was 8 milligram Hydrocodone pills," Foels said. "She was running this little enterprise right out of her house on Franklin Street. Her customers who would come to right to her." 

Harris was charged with several felonies, including fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a narcotic and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was arraigned on Sunday and will again appear in Tonawanda City Court Thursday for a felony hearing. 

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