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POLICE ARREST 26 AT HOUSE PARTY ON SERIES OF DRUG-RELATED CHARGES

Twenty-six persons were arrested Friday morning and two suffering from possible overdoses were taken to a hospital after Buffalo police broke up a Rogers Avenue house party where drugs reportedly were being used.

Those arrested were on the second floor at 18 Rogers Ave., where Northeast District officers said they found powder cocaine, hashish and unidentified pills, according to Lt. Duane Rizzo, a Police Department spokesman. Each of the 26 was charged with felony and violation drug-related counts.

The men were to spend the night in the city lockup, while the women were taken to the Erie County Holding Center. Arraignment is scheduled for today. .

Police were sent to the house at about 10:20 a.m. to investigate a complaint registered at the COPS satellite station at Schiller Park by block club coordinators and members, Rizzo said. Officers found as many as 70 persons -- ranging in age from 17 to 24 -- on both floors of the rented house, as well as outside.

The gathering had been going on for a day or more, Rizzo said.

One of the two people taken to Erie County Medical Center was a young woman who could not be revived at the house, Rizzo said. Both were in stable condition, he said.

Most of the people at the house were from Erie County suburbs; one was from Pennsylvania. They apparently had come to Buffalo to go to a club where a popular disc jockey was providing the music, Rizzo said.

An inoperable .22-caliber rifle was removed from the house, Rizzo said, and a large knife was taken from one of the suspects.

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