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Tonawanda man charged with felonies after morning raid

A Town of Tonawanda man faces several drug charges, including two felony charges, following a raid by police at his Blackmore Street home Friday morning.

The raid, involving the department’s special investigation unit and its SWAT team, happened at 43 Blackmore at about 7 a.m., Town of Tonawanda police said.

Andre Honeycutt, 47, a resident of that home, fled the scene as the SWAT team approached and as he ran away tried to eat some evidence, police said. Honeycutt was trying to swallow some crack cocaine that was packaged for sale when he was apprehended by a detective. The evidence was recovered, according to police.

Honeycutt was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, concealing or destruction of physical evidence, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Police said they obtained a warrant based on drug sales at the home after reports of suspicious activity in and around the apartment, and though it was in the same street in the Sheridan-Parkside neighborhood as Sunday’s fatal shooting, the investigation was unrelated.

Honeycutt was scheduled to be arraigned later Friday.