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CRACK COCAINE, CASH, 3 SUSPECTS SEIZED IN RAID

Several ounces of crack cocaine and an undetermined amount of cash were recovered Tuesday night after Narcotics Section detectives used special equipment to crack a floor safe at the home of a suspected drug dealer.

Three arrests followed the raid at 57 Peace St. Wilbert Moore, 49, and Geraldine Wright, 45, of that address, and her daughter, Taleshia Wright, 20, of Grant Street, each were charged with two felony and three misdemeanor drug-related counts. Police described Moore as "more than a street dealer -- a major dealer."

Detectives Edward Niemann and William Wells obtained the search warrant for the single-family house. Moore was outside when police arrived, putting Christmas decorations on a tree in front.

Police reported finding drug packaging materials and paraphernalia on the first floor. Detective Sgt. George Adymy said the search led to the basement, where a floor safe was found in the concrete beneath a rug.

Moore refused to cooperate when it came to opening the safe, saying he didn't know how to open it, Adymy said. So after police spent close to 45 minutes whacking at it, a Fire Department crew came in with torches, grinders and saws, and had it open in another hour.

Moore told police there was approximately $6,700 in the safe; the money was partially burned during efforts to open it, the sergeant said. An estimated 2 1/2 ounces of crack also was recovered from the safe, police said.

The year-old son of Taleshia Wright was removed from the house and placed in the custody of relatives.

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