Niagara Gazette

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August 30, 2013

Raids hit North End

Niagara Gazette — Falls police narcotics detectives paid an early morning visit Friday to a trio of homes in the North End, all tied to a pair of drug dealing brothers.

The coordinated raids were the result of a more than six-month investigation into drug activity in and near the area of 18th Street and Niagara Avenue. The intersection has also been the scene of numerous street sweeps over the summer. 

With the assistance of Emergency Response Teams from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the North Tonawanda Police, along with Falls Police ERT officers, narcotics investigators knocked down the doors of homes at 1806 ad 1818 Niagara Avenues and a house at 1353 Ontario Ave. before the break of dawn.

K-9 units from the Sheriff's Office and Town of Tonawanda Police also assisted in the operation.

"The guys we were targeting today have been tearing up this neighborhood," Falls Narcotics Division Capt. Dave LeGault said. "We go to these community meetings and residents complain about the activity at these houses and we are going to address that."

Police said their target at the Ontario Avenue home was a dealer that they arrested several weeks ago, after finding seven pounds of marijuana in his SUV during a traffic stop on Niagara Avenue. Investigators said the suspect was dealing pot, heroin, powdered cocaine and prescription pills from his home.

"He's no stranger to us," one investigator said. "He's been doing this a long time."

When ERT officers hit the side door of the Ontario Avenue home, they found it heavily secured with multiple deadbolt locks. The other doors to the home were also heavily fortified.

Inside, the house was filled with high-end electronics, had mirrored ceilings and walls and featured a bathroom with a full-sized hot tub. Norman Rockwell art hung on the walls.

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