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EIGHT SEIZED IN COORDINATED DRUG RAID

Two families accounted for five of eight arrests Tuesday as Buffalo police raided four homes in the Valley and First Ward, where drug trafficking was suspected.

Thirty officers participated in a "Project Impact" sting at 30 and 34 South St., which are next to each other; 1 Tennessee St., which is around the corner from them; and 43 Euclid St.

"This is what Project Impact is all about," said Lt. Thomas Lyon of the Narcotics Unit, "taking back the streets in the neighborhoods."

A six-month investigation focused on marijuana and crack cocaine sales in the area. The raids started at about 5 p.m. and involved simultaneous hits on the houses on South and Tennessee streets.

"It was a bit of an undertaking, because all three of these houses had to be hit at the same time," Lyon said.

Arrested at 34 South were Richard Ostrowski, 45, and his wife, Jerrie, 28. At 30 South, police arrested Fred Sibley, 57, and his son Fred II, 35.

Jason Covell, 25, was arrested at his Tennessee Street home, as was Dawn Jacobson, 31, of O'Connell Street.

On Euclid, police arrested Richard Ostrowski II, 27, and Christopher Shrieber, 20.

More than 3 pounds of marijuana and an eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine were seized, Lyon said.

All eight suspects face drug-possession charges, and the younger Ostrowski and Shrieber also face a weapons count related to a stun gun.

"Everybody in the neighborhood came out of their houses and they all were applauding, thanking us," the lieutenant said.

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