Almost 600 Ecstasy pills that authorities believe were headed to the Chippewa Street entertainment district ended up in the custody of investigators after Buffalo and Orchard Park police teamed up to arrest three people.
Officers from the two police departments confiscated 498 Ecstasy pills, one ounce of Ketamine, which is an animal tranquilizer, and 21 grams of Ecstasy powder from an Exchange Street residence in Buffalo.
They also seized 89 Ecstasy pills; 10 ounces of GHB, sometimes called liquid Ecstasy; and two ounces of Ketamine from an Orchard Park apartment.
"We believe that the three individuals were selling the club drugs, and we believe that these drugs were making their way down to the Chippewa entertainment district," Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.
"We don't see a lot of these drugs in Orchard Park," Orchard Park Detective Lt. Patrick McMaster added. "It's our understanding that these drugs are often used by the bar crowd."
The first search warrant, executed late Thursday night, led to the arrest of Charles A. Brant, 27, of Exchange Street. He was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, including one count with intent to sell.
At about 2 a.m. Friday, officers from the two police departments raided a Countryside Lane apartment in Orchard Park, where they also confiscated some steroids and about $3,300 in cash.
"There was enough [drug] quantity that we believe they were selling," McMaster said.
Police charged Julian Balicki, 25, and April Carroll, 24, of that address, with five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, including two counts each of possession with intent to sell. Balicki and Carroll were described as boyfriend and girlfriend.