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Drug raids in Buffalo end with two arrests

Raids on about a dozen locations in the Broadway and Riverside areas Thursday by Erie County Sheriff and Buffalo police narcotics officers ended with the arrests of what were described as two "dangerous" figures and the seizures of weapons, drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to authorities.

Arrested Thursday afternoon were Larry Willis, 31, and Isaiah J. Pierce, 33, at a house at 70 Henrietta St., in the Riverside area, according to authorities.

The events came as the result of a six-month investigation that is continuing, according to Chief Alan Rozansky, head of the Sheriff's Narcotics Unit.

During a news conference held at the Central Police Services building on Elm Street at about 9 p.m. Thursday, Rozansky, Senior Detective D.J. Granville of the Sheriff's Narcotics unit and Buffalo Police Lt. Genevieve Rak said that Willis and Pierce face a number of felony drug and weapons charges.

The two men were in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Thursday night.

Rozansky said the Erie County District Attorney's Office will determine the specific charges that will be lodged against both of those arrested.

Willis had been awaiting a weapons trial in Erie County Court, according to the three narcotics officers on Thursday.

The day's law enforcement effort involved 30 to 40 Erie County sheriff deputies and detectives, as well as Buffalo police detectives and uniformed officers, authorities said.

Seized at the Henrietta Street location were 13 to 14 ounces of crack cocaine, a quantity of either heroin or heroin laced with Fentanyl, three handguns, two assault rifles and bullets capable of piercing bullet-proof vests, according to Rozansky and Granville.

Granville said the drugs seized had an estimated street valued of up to $80,000.

The raids were conducted under search warrants issued by State Supreme Court Justice Timothy J. Drury.

Rozansky called the men ''two dangerous individuals."

Detectives said that the drugs will have to be tested in a laboratory to determine the exact compositions.

On Friday, the sheriff's office announced the specific charges against Pierce and Willis.

Pierce faces 14 felony charges: two counts of criminal possession of a narcotic greater than 8 ounces; two counts of criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell; two counts of criminal possession of a loaded firearm; criminal possession of three or more firearms; three counts of criminal possession of a weapon while committing drug trafficking; criminal possession of a weapon following a previous conviction; criminal possession of stolen property; criminal possession of a controlled substance; and concealing/destroying evidence.

He was also charged with three misdemeanor counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and a violation for unlawful possession of marijuana.

Willis faces nine felony charges: criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell; criminal possession of narcotics; criminal possession of a loaded firearm; criminal possession of a weapon following a previous conviction; two counts of criminal possession of a weapon while committing drug trafficking; criminal possession of stolen property; criminal possession of a controlled substance; and concealing/destroying evidence.

He was also charged with three misdemeanor counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and three misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Additional charges are possible and the investigation continues, the Sheriff's Narcotics unit said.

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