Niagara Gazette — Falls Police narcotics detectives have taken down a dealer who was pushing everything from pot to prescription pills, while he was packing a pistol.
They even caught him in the act of selling his wares outside his Mountain Eagle Ridge apartment.
Members of the department's Emergency Response Team, along with the narcotics investigators, were preparing to execute a search warrant on Nicolas Rubino's apartment on Wednesday night, when he suddenly sauntered out of the residence and was met by two young women.
"We had set up to use the ERT because we had information about a weapon in the house," Narcotics Division Capt. Dave LeGault said. "But he came outside and we grabbed him as he was selling some prescription pills to two lovely young ladies from Youngstown and Lewiston."
Rubino offered no resistance and investigators cuffed both him and his customers. They later charged Olivia Garvey, 22, 3000 Onondaga St., Lewiston with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
"This was actually a pretty extended investigation," LeGault said. "The detectives had been watching him, they had him under surveillance, and they were able to determine he was selling marijuana, powder cocaine and prescription pills."
After taking Rubino into custody, investigators began a search of his residence. At first, Rubino was cooperative and "gave up" quantities of pot, prescription pills and powdered cocaine.
"Then he said, 'That's all. You don't have to search any further,'" LeGault said. "Of course, our guys weren't really believing him, so they kept looking."
As their search continued, the narcotics detectives found more powdered cocaine and a .22 caliber revolver, along with a digital scale and materials used to package drugs for sale.
"The gun was actually stolen in a burglary in Machias, New York (in Cattaraugus County)," LeGault said. "So it was good to get that off the street."
Rubino, 23, 4600 Hyde Park Blvd. Apt. 83, was charged with third, fourth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
He's no stranger to local narcotics investigators and told LeGault he'd been "out of jail for six months" now.
"He said to me, 'I'm just a small time dealer. I just deal with eight-balls,'" LeGault said. "I guess that's like just being a little bit pregnant."
On Friday afternoon, narcotics detectives continued their push against neighborhood nuisance houses, raiding an apartment building in the 500 block of Ferry Avenue.
"(One of the apartments in the building) had been a source of numerous nuisance complaints, especially for the traffic in and out." LeGault said.
The apartment was described as a "smoke house" where crack cocaine was being bought and used. Detectives found no drugs in the apartment, but did kick out some people who were "hanging out there."
"We saw some happy neighbors watching us, but we also saw some questionable characters on their cell phones," Le Gault said. "We got the attention we wanted to get."