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April 18, 2013

Local and federal drug investigators nab major coke supplier with violent past

Niagara Gazette — A Grand Island man and Falls native, with a history of two homicides and multiple major drug arrests, has been taken down again by city cops and federal law enforcement agents.

Falls Police narcotics detectives, along with agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, wrapped up what was described as a “lengthy investigation” by pulling Brian “Twin” Young out of his car during a traffic stop on C Street Tuesday night. The tactical stop was undertaken by members of the Falls Police Emergency Response Team.

“He has a very violent history,” Falls Police Narcotics Capt. Dave LeGault said. “This was a lengthy investigation and we knew (Young) was involved in the large scale sale of cocaine.”

Detectives had Young under surveillance for much to the day Tuesday before making their move. When they did, they recovered 9 ounces of powdered cocaine.

A short time later, detectives and agents executed a search warrant on Young’s Grand Island apartment and seized a large quantity of cash along with digital scales and drug packaging materials.

Young’s violent past dates back to April 1991 when he was charged with killing a New York City teen by stabbing him with a metal table leg during a melee in the final seconds of a basketball game at the Falls Boys Club on 17th Street. He was charged with second-degree murder and convicted of the killing.

Though he was given a 15-year prison term, as a youthful offender, Young was back on the Cataract City streets in 1994 and charged with the murder of a man at 13th Street and Pierce Avenue. 

In that case, Young crushed the victim’s skull by hitting him in the head with a cinder block. 

Twelve years later, in August 2006, Young was once again out of prison and in the final year of parole for his conviction in that killing, when a joint state and local law enforcement investigation led to his arrest for running a major cocaine distribution ring in the Falls and Lockport.

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