A 59-year-old unemployed Cheektowaga man was arrested Tuesday and more than six pounds of high-grade out-of-state marijuana and over $20,000 in U.S. currency was seized during an early afternoon raid by the Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit and the Cheektowaga Police Vice,Gambling and Narcotics Unit.
Also seized were drug industry equipment and two rifles, including a loaded 22-caliber rifle propped up at the front window of the suspect’s home.
Robert Laskowski was taken into custody at his home at 30 Loxley Road about 1 p.m. under a search warrant issued by Erie County Judge Timothy P. Franczyk. Laskowski, legally on a disability income from a moving industry-cased severe back injury, was jailed at the Erie County Holding Center until his arraignment today in Cheektowaga Town Court on felony and misdemeanor marijuana charges.
Senior Detective Alan Rozanzky, head of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, and Lt. Thomas P. Gerace, head of the Cheektowaga drug unit, said Laskowski and a “brisk business” in marijuana and other drug trafficking had been under investigation for the past month. Rozansky said a tip that came into the Sheriff’s Narcotics TIP line prompted the two-agency investigation.
Laskowski faces arraignment on two Class D felony counts of criminal possession of marijuana, a D felony count of criminal possession of marijuana with intent to sell and an unlawful possession of marijuana charge.
In addition to the 22-caliber loaded rifle seized at the front window of Laskowski’s house during the surprise raid, a 20-gauge shotgun was found in a closet and seized.
Gerace said Laskowski, a long-time Cheektowaga resident, apparently inherited the Loxley Road residence from his late father. An investigation is continuing on the out-of-state sources, including in California, that Laskowski is suspected to have been using to obtain the high-grade marijuana found at his home.
Rozansky said Laskowski was making pot sales at his house and “delivering” to well-known customers.
Laskowski is expected to be denied bail pending likely Erie County grand jury action which could take place as the out-of-state investigation of his wholesale marijuana distributors continues, Rozansky and Gerace said.