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MASTEN RESIDENTS ASSAIL DRUG USE, CALL FOR POLICE PRESENCE

Masten Council District residents expressed concerns over widespread drug use in their neighborhoods and plans to close the Buffalo Police Department's Cold Spring Station at a block club meeting Monday.

"The residents indicated there was an epidemic of drug houses, drug dealings and drug use in the neighborhoods covered by the Cold Spring Station," Masten Council Member Byron W. Brown said today.

To back their claims, residents from Lyth Place, Purdy Street, Chester Street and Ada Place gave the Council member and police officials the addresses of more than 16 houses residents say are used for illegal drug activity.

"I definitely plan to pursue this information on the addresses," Brown told the residents.

He added that he opposed closing the Cold Spring Station at 1444 Main St. unless it was replaced with a new station in the district.

The Police Department plans to close Cold Spring Station and reassign that station's patrol areas to the Kensington Station and Downtown District.

The closing had been planned for sometime next month, but it is unknown if that will take place.

A resolution seeking meetings on the status of the Cold Spring Station has been filed with the Council by Brown, but sessions with the Police Department and the Council's Police Reorganization Committee have not yet been scheduled to update Brown and his constituents.

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