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2 SEIZED IN CHEEKTOWAGA COCAINE BUST ARRESTS AT MOTEL CAP INVESTIGATION INTO TRAFFICKING

A man and woman suspected of trafficking cocaine from their native New York City to the Buffalo area were arrested Tuesday morning in a Cheektowaga motel by narcotics detectives, said Lt. James Starr, head of the Cheektowaga Narcotics Unit.

Authorities said they confiscated 2 1/2 pounds of pure, uncut cocaine estimated to have a street value of $100,000 and a small amount of marijuana. Gabriel E. Cano Jr., 25, and Bernadette Siberon, 20, both listed as residents of the Bronx, were arrested at about 12:10 a.m. at a Dingens Street motel by Detectives Michael Ambrose and John Cyrankowski, Starr said.

Starr said the two suspects are believed to be "heavy traffickers" who frequently transported cocaine between New York City and the Buffalo area to supply street dealers.

Another suspect is being sought, authorities said.

They were charged with possession of cocaine, a felony, and possession of marijuana, a violation, Starr said.

Cano was free on bail on felony charges of cocaine possession in Schenectady, Starr said.

The arrest was the culmination of a three- to four-week-long investigation by Cheektowaga police, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration, Starr said.

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