Niagara Gazette

Crime

April 11, 2014

Pierce Avenue raid turns up drugs, guns and gang members

Niagara Gazette — The Falls Police Emergency Response team banged on the front door of a Pierce Avenue home on Wednesday night.

Inside, they found six known gang members, two loaded weapons, a couple of pounds of pot, some pills and crack cocaine. Outside, they nabbed two more suspects with gang ties, one of them armed with a .45 and wearing a ballistic vest.

“It was a little chaotic,” Narcotics Division Capt. Dave LeGault said. “As the team entered people were running throughout the house. One tried to go out a back door and encountered an officer there. Another (suspect) dove out a second-floor window, onto a porch, but he saw narcotics detectives had the house surrounded and he came back in and surrendered.”

More disturbing to LeGault was the proximity of a loaded 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun and a loaded .38-caliber handgun to the more than half a dozen people inside the home.

“The shotgun was lying on top of a TV, within reach of the people sitting on a couch and the handgun was sitting on a dinning room table where another suspect was standing,” the narcotics captain said. “All the suspects had access to those guns (as police burst through the door).”

The lightning-fast raid was the culmination of a three-month investigation into drug dealing out of the house in the 1100 block of Pierce Avenue by members of the Bloods street gang. Many of the gang members appear to be tied to a Buffalo-based set of the notoriously violent gang.

“A fair number of the guys here were Bloods from Buffalo,” LeGault said. “These guys were selling mostly marijuana, but also some crack and (prescription) pills.”

LeGault said officers and investigators were prepared for the “potential for violence” because intelligence gained on the house indicated that there were usually between four to eight gang members at the location and “often two to three guns in the building.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Crime
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page