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Four Erie County Probation Officers acting on a tip Wednesday, discovered a probationer in possession of large amounts of drugs and cash inside his City of Tonawanda residence. Raymond Frustino was taken into custody following the unannounced visit by the probation officers, according to the Erie County Executive's office. During a search of Frustino's residence, probat…

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A Buffalo drug dealer was sentenced to 132 months in prison Monday by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. Anthony McCutcheon, 51, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy …

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A federal jury has returned an indictment against 12 Buffalo-Niagara area people charged in a conspiracy to sell cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Eleven of them were arrested early Friday, while a 12th charged in the indictment was still being sought by law enforcement. Each of them faces a charge of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of coca…

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A man who was arrested in 2015 raid on a Black Rock apartment pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of cocaine. Alberto Rosado-Leon, 36, of Puerto Rico faces a minimum of five years in prison to a maximum of 40 years imprisonment. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Rosado-Leon, along with co-defendants W…

Niagara Falls Police arrested 13 people Wednesday in six raids across the city in response to a series of complaints police have received regarding drug activity and nuisance crimes, authorities said. "Most of the arrests were heroin-related, (and) some were for crack cocaine," said Niagara Falls Police Superintendent E. Bryan DalPorto. Two of the arrests were made a…

A Buffalo man was sentenced  to 63 months in prison for his role in a scheme to accept cocaine inside a LEGO box. Alexis Javier Centeno-Baez, 22, was convicted to conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute 500 grams or more cocaine and attempt to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, following a jury trial. The U.S. Postal Inspection Ser…

The Erie County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit and SWAT Team, along with Buffalo Police officers, on Thursday seized illegal narcotics and a stolen handgun during a raid on a home on East North Street, according to a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department late Thursday. The raid resulted in one arrest, he said. A search warrant was executed at 5:45 p.m. at the residence, a…

Two men from Puerto Rico pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Wendell Delgado-Sanchez and Jairo Figueroa-Suarez each face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.  In addition, Delgado-Sanchez pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. W…

An open letter to the American publishing industry: I have a not-so-modest proposal for you. Someone desperately needs to write a history of cocaine’s influence on the last 50 years of American popular culture. The book I envision is a work of serious journalism and historical scholarship requiring several years of endeavor by a formidably gifted historian, researcher an…