Niagara Gazette

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August 30, 2013

Raids hit North End


Niagara Gazette — Investigators found no drugs, but said they believed they delivered a message to the suspect and the community.

"We're going to keep hitting places like this until they get the message you can't deal here," Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said. "We know (the suspects) were selling drugs from all the houses we went to today."

At 1806 Niagara Ave., police found a classic drug house. The flithy, two-story home was being lived in by two adult males along with two boys aged 16 and 12. 

The adults told police they weren't selling drugs, but admitted that others who frequented the home might be. 

Outside the house, DalPorto found a large crack cocaine "cookie" in a plastic bag. Inside, an ATV was parked in a garbage strewn kitchen. 

The house, which sits at the corner of 18th Street and Niagara Avenue, has reportedly been a haven for dealers, while other locals shoot dice in front of the home.

"This is were folks have told us they're afraid to walk because they don't want to have to confront these guys," LeGault said.

Just a few doors down, at 1818 Niagara Ave., police caught a break, when they found the doors to the home had not been fortified, though there were brackets capable of holding 2x4s in place by the doors.

"Those are to keep the police from kicking in your door," DalPorto said, disgustedly.

Inside, a sweep by the Sheriff's Office K-9 resulted in the discovery of almost two ounces of powdered cocaine. Officers also recovered a semi-automatic SKS Chinese assault rifle, along with a quantity of heroin and methamphetamine.

Police charged Devonte D. Sylvester, 20, the target of the raid at 1818 Niagara Ave., with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

"(Devonte) is an extremely serious player," an investigator said. "He's following in his brother's footsteps."

The elder Sylvester brother had been the target of investigators at the Ontario Avenue home.

"We're out here, fighting the good fight," DalPorto said. "And we'll keep fighting." 

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