Niagara Gazette — Five search warrants. Eighteen arrests.
For Falls Police Narcotics Division detectives, it's just been a normal three days at the office.
"These guys have been working so hard, it's incredible," Narcotics Division Capt. Dave LeGault said of the work done by his investigators from Wednesday through Friday.
They started at 4 a.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Ninth Street. Along with officers from the department's Emergency Response Team, detectives hit a high traffic heroin house.
"The target had a barricaded door and a very large dog, so that presented some challenges for the ERT guys," LeGault said.
As officers came through the door, the target of the search warrant, Javier Osorio, made a desperate attempt at "clean up,"
"The officers were entering the home and Osorio ran to a (second floor bedroom) window and punched a hole in the screen," LeGault said. "Then he threw a sock with 14 grams of heroin out the window."
What Osorio didn't know was that narcotics detectives were standing underneath the window.
"He pretty much threw the heroin out the window and into the waiting hands of Narcotics division detectives," LeGault said.
Inside the home, investigators seized packaging materials and $3,945 in cash they say were the proceeds of Osorio's drug dealing.
Osorio, 36, 615 Ninth St., was charged with third and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.
Detectives were back to work at 5 a.m. Thursday in the 2800 block of McKoon Avenue. Investigators were looking for Deron Weaver and he was apparently prepared for trouble.
"As the ERT was making its entry, he grabbed a loaded .40 caliber handgun," LeGault said. "He told us he was pointing the gun at his bedroom door preparing to shoot whoever came through that door."