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Arcade woman, 18, accused of selling drugs to agent

ARCADE -- A village woman is being held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail as a result of her sale of Suboxone to an undercover agent last week, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

Katelyn Drake, 18, of Liberty Street, was taken into custody as a result of an investigation by the Wyoming County Drug Task Force. She was charged with felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

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Aggravated DWI charged after driver fails to stop

ARCADE -- A town man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and other counts over the weekend after his arrest on Genesee Road, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.

Bobby L. Bigelow, 22, was stopped at about 3 a.m. Saturday near North Wood Road after he failed to stop at the stop sign, deputies said. He was charged with aggravated DWI with a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent or higher, DWI, failure to keep right and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Bigelow is to return to Town Court on June 28.

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Man, 22, faces drug counts for second time in 2 months

JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown man was arrested on drug charges for the second time in as many months following a narcotics search warrant on Barrows Street, city police reported.

Alex Oliveres, 22, was awaiting arraignment on a felony charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance after authorities were in the process of raiding a Barrows Street residence Tuesday afternoon and said they found Oliveres leaving with a large quantity of crack cocaine and cash.

Oliveres was arrested May 11 when city police and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency launched a large-scale investigation of drug dealing in the area and seized what they then described as "a large quantity of controlled substances and U.S. currency."

Authorities executed the search warrant at 172 Barrows St. at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, after investigators learned that multiple sales of crack cocaine were allegedly made from the residence.

Officers stopped a vehicle seen by police leaving the home and found Oliveres at the wheel. Oliveres was found to be in possession of a large quantity of crack cocaine and cash, police said.

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Guard pleads not guilty in fatal beating of stepson

Ali Mohamed Mohamud, the security guard accused of beating to death his 10-year-old stepson, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in State Supreme Court to second-degree murder.

The 40-year-old stepfather was arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.

Mohamud allegedly killed Abdifatah "Abdi" Mohamud on April 17 in their Buffalo home.

He remains locked up without bail in the Erie County Holding Center and is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing June 25.

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Ex-police officer accused of growing pot free on bail

The former Buffalo police officer accused of operating a marijuana grow operation in South Buffalo was released on $175,000 bail Tuesday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott released Jorge I. Melendez, a four-year veteran of the department but confined him to his home and office on Niagara Street. Melendez also will wear an electronic monitoring device. He was released after relatives put up property to meet the bail requirements.

Jason R. Elardo, the other defendant in the case, was given home detention, which allows him to leave home for work. He also will wear a monitoring device.

Elardo and Melendez are charged with overseeing a marijuana grow operation that included two warehouses, two homes and more than 1,000 plants. Also Tuesday, an Eden man appeared in federal court as the latest person to be charged in the case. Robert L. Osika, 46, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than 100 marijuana plants.

Osika was observed entering a warehouse at 1372 Clinton St. on Thursday, after law enforcement agents had searched the warehouse and discovered a marijuana grow operation, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola. Osika told authorities he was hired by Elardo to help maintain the plants, Marangola said.

Osika appeared Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott and was released. He, Elardo and Melendez are due back in court for a preliminary hearing June 25.

Melendez, who prosecutors said was recorded on hidden camera tending to the pot plants while in uniform, has been fired from his job.

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Man gets 6 1/2 years in prison in case tied to drugs, guns

A Buffalo man was sentenced Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to 6 1/2 years in prison for selling cocaine and possessing firearms.

Jermaine A. Leatherwood, 31, sold cocaine from his Goethe Street home between September and October 2010, and a search of his residence turned up cocaine, marijuana, two rifles and ammunition, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten.