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February 28, 2014

Falls police, with state and federal agents, raid Pine Avenue shooting scene

Pine Avenue shooting scene raided on Thursday

Niagara Gazette — A task force of Falls police detectives, narcotics investigators, State Police and state tax authorities, Border Patrol agents and an investigator from the American music industry swooped into a business in the 2900 block of Pine Avenue late Thursday afternoon.

And it wasn’t the first time police have visited the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (L.O.E.G.) store. 

The scene of a bold daylight shooting in mid-January, Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said the store had aroused the suspicions of law enforcement. 

“You know what they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire and so we went to work (investigating the business),” DalPorto said. 

The results of that investigation led to the seizure of a treasure trove of boot-legged DVDs and CDs and a bounty of illegal, untaxed tobacco products. Investigators estimated they found hundreds of counterfeit DVDs of popular movies and TV shows.

There were an equal number of copied CDs from musical artists, including Beyonce. Detectives also found dozens of cartons of brand name cigarettes without state tax stamps.

Investigators were also taking a close look at brand name clothing found in the store to see if it too was counterfeit.

“We were looking at (activity at the store) before the shooting,” Narcotics Division Capt. Dave LeGault said. “They were certainly on our radar. But the investigations didn’t really yield anything.”

Criminal Investigation Division detectives were convinced the shooting was not an act of random violence, so narcotics investigators decided to change their course.

“After the shooting, we were directed by the chief to take a different angle (in looking into the business),” LeGault said. 

Narcotics detectives changed their focus and discovered they could buy apparently untaxed cigarettes at the store.

At the same time, criminal detectives were moving beyond their initial investigation of the shooting.

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