Niagara Gazette

April 18, 2013

Local and federal drug investigators nab major coke supplier with violent past

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — A Grand Island man and Falls native, with a history of two homicides and multiple major drug arrests, has been taken down again by city cops and federal law enforcement agents.

Falls Police narcotics detectives, along with agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, wrapped up what was described as a “lengthy investigation” by pulling Brian “Twin” Young out of his car during a traffic stop on C Street Tuesday night. The tactical stop was undertaken by members of the Falls Police Emergency Response Team.

“He has a very violent history,” Falls Police Narcotics Capt. Dave LeGault said. “This was a lengthy investigation and we knew (Young) was involved in the large scale sale of cocaine.”

Detectives had Young under surveillance for much to the day Tuesday before making their move. When they did, they recovered 9 ounces of powdered cocaine.

A short time later, detectives and agents executed a search warrant on Young’s Grand Island apartment and seized a large quantity of cash along with digital scales and drug packaging materials.

Young’s violent past dates back to April 1991 when he was charged with killing a New York City teen by stabbing him with a metal table leg during a melee in the final seconds of a basketball game at the Falls Boys Club on 17th Street. He was charged with second-degree murder and convicted of the killing.

Though he was given a 15-year prison term, as a youthful offender, Young was back on the Cataract City streets in 1994 and charged with the murder of a man at 13th Street and Pierce Avenue. 

In that case, Young crushed the victim’s skull by hitting him in the head with a cinder block. 

Twelve years later, in August 2006, Young was once again out of prison and in the final year of parole for his conviction in that killing, when a joint state and local law enforcement investigation led to his arrest for running a major cocaine distribution ring in the Falls and Lockport.

Young, 38, 2153 Bedell Road, Apt. 9-B, was charged by federal authorities with possession of (cocaine) with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. He will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.

Also on Tuesday night, narcotics investigators took down a Linwood Avenue pot house. Emergency Response Team officers hit the home at 2948 Linwood Ave. looking for Christopher Stevens.

“This investigation was going on for months and was a result of a lot of neighborhood complaints,” LeGault said. “It was a concern too because it was right across the street from the Hyde Park baseball diamonds, so we wanted to address that.”

Inside Stevens’ home, investigators recovered a small amount of marijuana and found three or four pot plants growing in the basement. They also found marijuana in a bedroom of the home that was reportedly used by Stevens’ father.

Stevens, 22, 2948 Linwood Ave., was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and growing cannibus. His father, Timothy Hunt, 41, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.