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2 arrested in drug raids; crack, pot confiscated

Two drug raids Friday evening, on the East Side and in Kaisertown, yielded crack cocaine and high-grade marijuana and led to the arrests of two suspects, police said.

The most significant raid occurred at an apartment house in the 100 block of Weaver Street about 6:15 p.m., Lt. Thomas Lyon said.

Robert Snyder, 38, surrendered to Detective Johnny Walker at police headquarters at about 10 p.m., after Snyder returned home and discovered detectives from Buffalo and Cheektowaga raided his apartment and confiscated about 30 pounds of marijuana, a shotgun and $5,000. The drugs and money were contained in a 5-foot safe at the home, Detective David Sugg said.

The marijuana -- packaged for sale -- had an estimated street value of about $96,000, police said.

The raid was part of a three-month investigation by Buffalo and Cheektowaga detectives, according to narcotics Lt. Steven Nicosia.

"[Snyder] was distributing it throughout Kaisertown and portions of Cheektowaga," Nicosia said. "It'll put a dent in [trafficking] there; I don't know how big it will be."

Snyder was charged with felony first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

About an hour after the Weaver Street raid, detectives from Buffalo and Lackawanna arrested a Peckham Street crack dealer and confiscated two ounces of crack cocaine and $3,000, police said.

Dwayne M. Tabb, 34, of the 200 block of Peckham, tossed large rocks of crack cocaine from a porch as police began the raid about 7:30 p.m., police said.

Detectives said the rocks of cocaine were "coming down like snow" on top of police entering the house.

Tabb was charged with two counts of felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and a single violation of possessing marijuana.

Besides Lyon and Detective Mike Judge, Lackawanna Police Lt. Joseph Leo and Officer Chris Lalka and Ferry-Fillmore District officers participated in the raid, which came after a six-month investigation.


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