Niagara Gazette

October 31, 2013

Falls police pick up a pair of drug dealers

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Falls narcotics detectives say they’ve locked up a Willow Avenue woman for the second time in the last few months for dealing drugs out of her home.

Investigators said their target was Kristi Kargatis.

“She continued with her evil ways, so we came back,” Narcotics Investigations Division Capt. Dave LeGault said. “We’re going to continue to come after these neighborhood dealers who are affecting the quality of life in their community.”

When detectives came through the door of Kargatis’ Willow Avenue apartment they immediately found crack cocaine and a digital scale. Investigators also seized two Suboxone strips, more than $700 in cash and a social service’s benefit card.

A further search of the apartment also turned up a baggy with 56 Hydrocodone tablets.

Police said Kargatis also had her 1-year-old child in the apartment with her.

Kargatis, 25, 1130 Willow Ave., upper, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance,, one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives were also able to take down a dealer during a traffic stop in the 300 block of 10th Street.

“We had some drug sales from this target, so we were able to pick him up on the street,” LeGault said.

Investigators said as the pulled over a car being driven by Tyrone Clark, they saw the suspect stuffing a plastic bag in the back seat of the vehicle. When they recovered the bad, they found a dozen smaller baggies, containing marijuana, inside. 

Detectives also seized 1.9 grams of crack cocaine from Clark.

Clark, 45, 1817 1/2 Michigan Ave., Apt. A-2, was charged with third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.