Buffalo police over the weekend nabbed two suspected heroin dealers and charged four other people with possession of the drug. One of them apparently overdosed on the narcotic after using it while he was in jail, officers said.
Treated in Erie County Medical Center was Larry D. Tuttle Jr., 27, who gave his address as Little Portions Friary on Main Street, a shelter for the homeless.
Police said Tuttle was being held in a cell in City Central Booking about 8:20 p.m. Saturday when he took a narcotic, suspected to be heroin, that he had concealed in a body cavity. Officers said that searches had not turned up the drug when Tuttle was being processed earlier.
Tuttle and another man, Kenneth L. Dembinski, no age given, of Brentwood Drive, Cheektowaga, were arrested about 3 p.m. Saturday after D District police stopped a car at Hertel Avenue and Niagara Street following a tip about narcotics on nearby Grote Street.
Officers said both men were in possession of heroin and Tuttle also had methamphetamine. Police said Dembinski initially gave them a false name because he is the subject of two outstanding warrants.
In a separate case, police said they seized a quantity of heroin individually packaged for sale when they arrested two men at Grote and Peter streets in Black Rock shortly after midnight Sunday.
Charged with felony drug possession were Michael A. Brown II, 30, of Shoshone Street, and Neko S. Bishop, 27, of Peter Street. D District Police said they found about four ounces of heroin, including heroin powder, heroin capsules and chunk heroin, along with marijuana and narcotics equipment.
Amanda Robles, 27, of School Street, was arrested about 9:30 a.m. Saturday after B District officers patrolling “a well-known drug area” spotted her putting an item in her jacket pocket as she left her apartment house.
Police said Robles told them she had needles in her pocket, but did not have a needle exchange card. Officers said they found two needles in one of her jacket pockets and a needle and a metal cap containing heroin in her other jacket pocket.
A woman who prompted a call to police about a family dispute about 3 a.m. Sunday was arrested after C District officers said they found needles and plastic baggies containing heroin residue in her purse.
Police said Elora Newman, 25, no address given, who had been arguing with the caller, ran into a bathroom after they arrived and tried to hide the drug. Officers said they also found a full needle and an additional baggie containing heroin in the bathroom.