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11 suspects snared in drug raids

Eleven people are in custody and three more are being sought following a wide-scale drug roundup Friday afternoon by Buffalo Police on the city's East Side.

The roundup, which featured two raids -- at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. -- targeted eight houses on streets in the Broadway area between Memorial Drive and Bailey Avenue.

Police seized an ounce of crack cocaine along with six ounces of marijuana, a quarter-ounce of heroin and three guns, including a .22-caliber revolver, 9mm pistol and a shotgun. About $200 in cash also was seized.

"This is the continuation of the search warrants going after guns, gangs and drugs in the city," said Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman. "This has been ongoing for a couple of years."

The eight houses raided Friday were on Ashley, Mohr, Liddell, and Wick streets and Goodyear Avenue, police said. The raids were conducted by Buffalo police narcotics detectives along with the SWAT team and officers from the Ferry-Fillmore and Northeast districts.

The raids came after two homicides -- the city's 14th and 15th of the year -- in this East Side neighborhood on successive days this week.

At 11:25 a.m. Sunday, at Wick and Brier streets, two men were shot including Dominic Baker, 20, of Kehr Street, who died at the scene. About 10 a.m. Monday, Rodney Cole Jr., 20, was gunned down in the 500 block of Goodyear.

"Recently, in that area, there has been an up-tick in violence," DeGeorge said. "The department wanted to quickly go after it and attack it."

In all, Buffalo police have executed more than 400 search warrants in the city so far this year.

The names of the 11 people arrested were not immediately available late Friday.

They all face drug-related charges ranging from misdemeanor to felony possession of controlled substances.

Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said state funding helped fuel the Buffalo police investigation.

"We were fortunate to have funding through Operation Impact," Richards said.

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