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Alleged cocaine kingpin arrested

The operator of a Bailey Avenue video rental business was arrested Thursday by Buffalo police and federal agents who called him one of the region's major cocaine suppliers.

Sean Washington, 40, of Englewood Avenue, was arrested after more than six pounds of cocaine and four handguns were found in a "stash house" he allegedly operates on Eller Avenue.

Washington's 19-year-old son and a 62-year-old woman who lives at the Eller Avenue location were also arrested, agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said.

"[Washington] is a big cocaine supplier, a dangerous individual, and we're glad to get him off the streets," said Charles Tomaszewski, resident agent-in-charge of the Buffalo DEA office.

"He has a past record of felony drug convictions, and we believe he has supplied a number of drug rings in the area for years."

Homicide detectives from the Buffalo Police Department will arrange for DNA tests and ballistics tests on the four guns recovered Thursday to determine if they were used in any unsolved shootings, agents said.

SWAT teams from Buffalo and the Town of Tonawanda took part in the arrests of Washington and his son, Lamar Washington, 19, of Minnesota Avenue. They face felony charges of drug distribution, drug possession and gun possession.

Janelle Winters, 62, who lives in the alleged stash house on Eller Avenue, is charged with drug possession.

DEA agents said they found the basement of Winters' home to be a "fully-equipped cocaine processing laboratory," with scales, packing materials and a hydraulic press used to turn powdered cocaine into crack.

e-mail: dherbeck@buffnews.com

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