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Mayor Brown & BPD Announce Fourth Round Of Drug Raids

Mayor Byron W. Brown and Commissioner Daniel Derenda today announced that the Buffalo Police Department Narcotics Unit, SWAT Team, Violent Crimes Impact Team and the K-9 Unit completed another phase of their relentless attack on illegal drugs and illegal guns, after a two-day series of raids primarily targeting the City’s South Side. The raids were conducted between December 6-8. On December 7th, the Amherst Police Department Emergency Response Team, Tonawanda SWAT Team, Lackawanna Narcotics Unit and Hamburg SWAT Team assisted in the Buffalo Police Department’s efforts.

“I am pleased with the success of yet another series of drug raids by the Buffalo Police Department and the other contributing law enforcement agencies,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “These raids are targeted and focused on information provided in many cases anonymously by the public. They will continue, in all areas of the city. Drug dealers and other criminals should not feel comfortable, because we are coming for them.”

Each of the search warrants was executed by a SWAT team. The processing was completed by the Buffalo Police Department Narcotics Unit and Violent Crimes Impact Team personnel. Prisoner transports and perimeter coverage were handled by the Buffalo Police Department Narcotics Unit and Violent Crimes Impact Team.

In this latest round of raids, a total of 12 arrests were made. Police confiscated approximately 6 ounces of marijuana, over 2 ounces of crack cocaine and assorted prescription pills. Also seized were at least nine weapons and $11,554.00 in cash.

No one was injured and damage was limited to entry doors, several of which were heavily barricaded. In addition, SWAT officers were forced to destroy one attacking pit bull dog at 197 Weimar Street in the upper residence.

Some of the highlights of these raids include:

  • At 73 Duerstein Street, police made one arrest and confiscated 2 ounces of marijuana, one shotgun, and $340.00 in cash.
  • At 230 Miami Street, police made one arrest and confiscated heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, prescription pills, a .32 handgun and $246.00 in cash.
  • At 126 Erb Street, police made one arrest and confiscated 1 ounce of marijuana, 5 grams of crack cocaine and $5,804.00 in cash.
  • At 59 Thorton Avenue, police confiscated marijuana, 4 rifles and 2 shotguns.

In the last five weeks, raids have netted some 62 arrests, over 25 lbs of marijuana, approximately $146,554.00 in cash and at least 13 assault weapons.

To date, over 800 search warrants have been executed this year in the City of Buffalo.

Search warrants have been conducted in the Fruit Belt area, Broadway-Fillmore area, East Side and West Side.

Operation IMPACT funding was once again made available for the execution of these search warrants throughout the city. The Department is grateful to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services for this funding source, which allows local law enforcement to have an impact on illegal gangs, guns and drug activity in Buffalo.