Niagara Gazette

September 20, 2013

Arrests follow raids

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Efforts by a Falls drug dealer to dodge narcotics detectives failed on Thursday, when they raided her new Ashland Avenue apartment.

Investigators said they were ready to pop Sonya Dennis, but before they could hit her home, she moved.

"We had a pretty lengthy investigation into her and others at a different location, but she moved (before detectives could get a search warrant)," Narcotics Division Capt. Dave LeGault said. "But as soon as she moved into (the Ashland Avenue) apartment, neighbors just began blowing up our phones with complaints."

LeGalut didn't disclose her earlier location, but said neighbors there had numerous complaints about heavy traffic in and out of her apartment. 

Emergency Response Team officers knocked down the apartment door and found Dennis and two other suspects inside. Dennis had a "significant amount" of crack cocaine stuffed inside her bra, according to police.

Dennis, 46, 1454 Ashland Ave. upper, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Investigators also charged Raymond Knighton, 45, 1454 Asland Ave. upper, with unlawful possession of marijuana after recovering a small amount of pot from him.

Willie Allen, 53, 2322 14th St., who was in the apartment with Dennis and Knighton, was charged with first-degree loitering.

From the North End to DeVeaux, narcotics detectives, along with ERT officers, then knocked on the door of an apartment in the 4600 block of Hyde Park Boulevard.

"This was one of those real nuisance, quality of life situations," LeGault said. "We identified that both people in (the Hyde Park Boulevard) apartment were dealing cocaine, heroin and prescription pills."

When ERT officers came through the door, they found not only both suspects, but a significant amount of cocaine and a lesser amount of heroin.

Investigators took Clifford Jackson and Alyssa Summers into custody. Jackson, 33, and Summers, 25, both of 4600 Hyde Park Blvd. Apt. 13, were each charged with fifth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A 16-month-old child, who was also in the apartment, was turned over to a family member.

LeGault praised the work of his investigators and said they are committing themselves to attacking neighborhood drug dealers.

"I gotta tell you, (the detectives) are trying hard (to respond to community complaints)," LeGault said. "They just don't stop."