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DRUG DEALER OF NOTORIETY BEING SOUGHT

Buffalo and Erie County narcotics and undercover officers are asking for help in tracking down a well-known but elusive drug dealer wanted for selling cocaine in what police describe as a "curbside, drive-up" business.

Rafael Rivera, 40, was described as about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing an estimated 170 pounds and with long black hair.

Police said Rivera is wanted for selling cocaine to undercover officers on more than one occasion.

Rivera is known to stand on the street corner and sell drugs to people who pull over to the curb in their cars, tell him how much drugs they want and hand over the cash, police said.

A felony warrant was issued for his arrest April 19, and he is still thought to be dealing drugs in Buffalo.

Police also are asking for help in providing tips to apprehend other drug dealers.

If you have any information about this crime, please call the Crime Stoppers Coordinators at 856-5600.

You could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. All callers to Crime Stopper are assured anonymity. They will be issued a code number that can be used for all conversations and the issuance of any reward.

Informants never testify, and their identity never is known.

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