Four Niagara County men were arrested on federal charges and accused of operating a cocaine distribution network in Niagara Falls and Lockport between April 2016 to May 2017.
Ramone Westbrook, 27, Rico Freeman, 33, Corey Bradberry, 34, all of Niagara Falls, and Darius Dix, 27, whose alias is Darius Jenkins, of Lockport, were charged with conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. All face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted.
Law enforcement officers used court ordered wiretaps as well as a dozen undercover purchases in their investigation, according to the complaint.
Police executed seven search warrants on houses and vehicles that were used by the accused drug dealers. During the search warrants, officers seized an unspecified quantity of cocaine, marijuana, $75,000 cash and drug paraphernalia.
Law enforcement agencies that took part in the investigation included the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division. Local agencies participating in the investigation were the Niagara County Drug Task Force, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Niagara Falls Police Department and Lockport City Police Department.