Niagara Gazette

March 15, 2013

Detectives reign in the "Drama"

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Christopher "Drama" Carter has never been shy about how he feels about law enforcement.

When local, state and federal drug agents were looking for him in a 2011 round-up dubbed Operation Wild Nation, Carter took to social media to post a profanity laced tirade daring cops to come find him and threatening the “snitches” who put the “feds” on to him.

When he finally surrendered, he posted "The feds got me" and "Free Drama.”

Carter was freed when federal prosecutors decided not to go forward with his case. 

Now though, the man police say had ties to both the Stash Team and Get Money Nation gangs is back behind bars after Falls Police narcotics detectives raided his 20th Street home on Wednesday night and came away with a large quantity of drugs and a pair of handguns.

"He's been a real target of ours and it was beautiful to get him," Narcotics Division Capt. Dave LeGault said following Wednesday's raid. 

LeGault said his detectives had been tracking Carter's drug dealing for several months, before taking him down and then allowing the Emergency Response Team to hit his house.

"We were concerned with him because of our knowledge of his violent past," LeGault said.

When he was taken into custody, Carter had a baggie filled with marijuana in his possession. However, when ERT officers entered his home, they made a startling find.

"As soon as we got into the house, right there, in plain view, there was cocaine and a handgun lying on a table," LeGault said. 

A further search of the home turned up more crack cocaine and a 9 mm handgun with a loaded magazine and loose ammunition. Detectives also seized almost $2,000 cash from the home. 

Investigators said the home appeared to be undergoing renovation, with the walls and ceilings open and the plumbing and electrical wiring exposed. City housing inspectors came to the scene and condemned the structure.

Carter, 22, 488 20th St., was charged with second and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

LeGault said investigators were pleased to have Carter off the streets again.

"I think he's a real important guy insofar as narcotics dealing in the city is concerned," the narcotics captain said. "He is well known to everyone in our office."

Just over an hour after taking Carter down, narcotics detectives and ERT members were back in action, raiding a home in the 500 block of Tenth Street.

"That was a big nuisance house," LeGault said. "There were a lot of people who were going in there and selling weed and then they were smoking in there as well."

When officers entered the home, they found a number of people inside, including William Lewis. Lewis had a baggie containing marijuana and more than $500 in his possession.

Detectives asked Lewis how he got the cash and he replied, "I got it from selling weed."

"(Lewis) was in there selling his (weed) and then smoking up (with his customers)," LeGault said. "That house was just a huge pain for the neighbors. There was constant traffic in and out."

Lewis, 30, 1636 Falls St., was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.