Twenty-six guns, 3 pounds of cocaine, 7 pounds of marijuana and $40,000 were confiscated in an operation dubbed “West Side Sweep,” which concluded Wednesday following a month of more than 40 raids across the West Side of Buffalo.
Thirty-five suspected drug dealers were also arrested and several more arrests are pending.
Click on the data points above to view the details of the seizures made in the West Side Sweep.
“We’re ridding the city of these violent drug gangs,” Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said in commending Buffalo narcotics detectives and members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.
In Wednesday’s raids, Buffalo’s SWAT team and other teams from Amherst, the Town of Tonawanda, and Sheriff’s Office assisted. Agents from the Buffalo Office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Lackawanna narcotics detectives also helped, according to Buffalo Narcotics Lt. Sean O’Brien.
"We can’t do these things unless we have help from the neighborhoods,” O’Brien said, adding that the city police department’s Strike Force and K-9 units assisted. “It’s like a big puzzle that comes together.”
Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said the raids are part of the department’s “continuing neighborhood narcotics initiative.”
--Matt Gryta contributed to this report.