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Series of drug raids bag six men

A Buffalo man caught trying to flush crack cocaine down the toilet was among six men who were arrested Tuesday night during a series of narcotics raids on Victoria Avenue.

Police executed three search warrants on the street, arrested five men and seized more than five ounces of crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.

The operation began at about 7:20 p.m. at 33 Victoria, where police recovered about five ounces of crack cocaine in a rear bedroom, along with six bags of crack cocaine in a front bedroom. Police arrested Merel C. Montgomery, 47; Philip M. Pratcher, 28; and Jurimaul K. Edwards, 35.

Then, officers converged across the street at 44 Victoria Ave., where Bishara Lott, 35, of Mulberry Street, was arrested while trying to flush crack cocaine down the toilet, police said.

Detectives said they recovered a clear plastic bag on top of the toilet seat and a small amount of marijuana. A second man, Morrell King, 27, of Eller Street, was also arrested.

Police executed their third search warrant on a vehicle parked in front of 30 Victoria.

The raids were conducted by the city's Mobile Response Unit, Narcotics Unit and Northeast District officers, assisted by MRU's canine unit and East Aurora's canine unit. Northeast District Detective Anthony LaPiana, MRU's Detective Gary Teague and Narcotics Lt. John Eberhart were among those who led the effort.

University of Buffalo police also joined city police units to execute a search warrant at a home on the first block of Merrimac Street. Brendan Murphy, 19, was arrested.


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