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14 ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS, GUNS IN HOUSING PROJECTS

Local, state and federal authorities rounded up 14 Buffalo residents Wednesday suspected of running drugs and guns in city housing projects.

The arrests come after a months-long investigation by a local task force responding to complaints from Buffalo housing project residents about drug dealers in their neighborhoods.

Arrests were made thanks to undercover work by members of the Violent Crime Career Criminal Task Force, which includes the FBI, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, State Police and state parole officers.

Authorities were able to build a case against the suspects because of the information provided to police by residents, including those in the Kenfield-Langfield, Perry and Sobieski housing projects, said Ronald J. Christopher, director of public safety for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

The suspects will be prosecuted under a federal statute targeting drug dealing near municipal housing projects, said U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter. Suspects typically go to jail for a year or more, depending on their criminal history, she said.

Taken into custody and charged with various drug or weapon counts were:

Angelo Rivera, 21, of Oakmont Avenue; Dwight Davis, 32, of Domedian Avenue; Timothy Jackson, 22, of Donovan Drive; Joseph Harrison, 21, of Fulton Street; Tramell McGee, 18, of Camp Street; Jesus Arroyo, 20, of Alamo Place; Jamar Newton, 29, of Helen Street; Kelvin Rodolph, 40, of Hickory Street; Antoinette Rodolph, 42, of Harmonia Street; Shahib Golden, 26, of Courtland Avenue; Edgar Kowalski, 44, of Delaware Avenue; Marlin Whitehouse, 19, of McNeeley Way; Paul Edwards, 24, of East Ferry Street; and Jason Talley, 23, of Grider Street.

Arrest warrants also have been issued for James Colvin, 20, of Newburgh Avenue; Marco Davis, 17, of Briscoe Avenue; and Michael McDonald, 22, of West Avenue.

e-mail: jrey@buffnews.com

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