Four men allegedly tied to a New York City to Buffalo drug trafficking ring were arrested and a large amount of drugs was seized during raids Wednesday night in Buffalo and Amherst, Erie County Sheriff Timothy D. Howard announced Thursday.
Using search warrants issued by State Supreme Court Justice Timothy J. Drury the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, assisted by Buffalo and Amherst narcotics officers, arrested three men in a Tyler Street home and one man in a Sweet Home Road home in Amherst after 8:40 p.m.
The sheriff said 25 pounds of marijuana, two ounces of the date-rape drug component ketamine and several hundred methamphetamine pills were seized. In the Buffalo raid Kevin Shiue, 222, of Binghamton; Lei Meng, 24, of Amherst and Donald Cheng, 24, of News York City were all charged with felony counts of criminal possession of methamphetamine, criminal possession of a stimulant and criminal possession of controlled substances with intent to sell. Brian Wong, 23, of Amherst was arrested in the Amherst raid. He was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of marijuana.
The sheriff said Wong and Meng remain in the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $10,000 bail each. Shieu and Cheng are being held in the downtown lockup in lieu of $15,000 bail each. The investigation of the alleged cross-state drug ring began with a routine traffic stop by a deputy with the sheriff’s road patrol late year, he said.