Niagara Gazette

October 24, 2013

Falls detectives arrest two in drug raid

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — A Chicago area teen, looking to set up shop dealing drugs in the Cataract City, sold to the wrong customer.

Tyler Smith, 19, of Lombard, Ill., dealt drugs not once, but twice to an undercover Falls police narcotics detective.

"This was unusual from the way we usually do these investigations," Narcotics Investigations Division Capt. Dave LeGault said. "Most of our people are pretty well known and people aren't just going to sell them drugs."

In Smith's case, however, the detective was able to make hand-to-hand sales with the suspect.

"This guy had just holed up in Niagara Falls and he didn't know anybody." LeGault said. "So anybody could buy from him. He was selling to anyone (who approached him)."

Investigators said Smith was primarily dealing crack cocaine out of an apartment in the 1900 block of Ontario Avenue. He was charged with third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Narcotics detectives also addressed what they described as a large, nuisance drug house in the 400 block of 23rd Street.

"We just had lots of complaints and tip line calls about this place," LeGault said. "And our intelligence unit was able to develop some good information on the target."

LeGault said the house was a pipeline primarily for heroin, but "(the suspect) would get you anything you wanted."

When Emergency Response Team officers hit the door of the home, they found both their suspect and quantities of heroin and marijuana inside.

"This guy has been in the game for awhile," LeGault said. "He's not a stranger to us."

Detectives charged Jessie Murray, 56, 471 23rd St., with fifth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

LeGault said the quantity of heroin seized from Murray was "sizable."