Niagara Gazette

October 3, 2012

Cops pop Welch Avenue dealer

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — By all indications, Racondo Rashawn Nix liked to spread his money around.

That was the conclusion of Falls Police Narcotics detectives and Emergency Response Team officers who found him in bed early Monday morning with more than $590 in cash scattered on the floor beneath him.

Officers and investigators came bursting through the door of Nix's Welch Avenue apartment at 5 a.m. Monday after a lengthy investigation lead by Detectives John Galie, Tom Rodriguez and Joe Palermo.

Narcotics Division commander Capt. Morris Shamrock, said Nix, who weighs 350 pounds and is known on the streets as "Condo", has been on his detective's radar for some time.

"He has minimal arrests, one for marijuana (possession) in 1998," Shamrock said. "We've been on to (his drug dealing) for awhile, but he was kind of like a Teflon target. Something would always come up and we'd have to back off. He was lucky for awhile."

In addition to the cash, Nix had spread around in his bedroom floor, investigators also found over $2,300 in his pocket. Elsewhere in the apartment, detectives seized 7 ounces of cocaine in both powder and crack forms. 

"Most of it was broken down to individual packaging," Shamrock said, "and most of it was crack."

The narcotics captain pegged the street value of the crack at about $15,000 and said investigators also recovered scales and other packaging materials.

"He dealt from the apartment, but he had the clientele to deal at all levels," Shamrock said. "He was an upper level dealer, other dealers, street dealers, could go to him (for drugs)."

Nix, 37, 2629 Welch Ave, upper, was charged with second and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminally using drug paraphernalia.