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Two arrested, drugs and guns seized in raid

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls drug investigators and the city’s Emergency Response Team raided a home at 621 24th Street at 11 p.m. Monday and found narcotics and cocaine, as well as two 12-gauge shotguns and a 22-caliber rifle. Two of the guns were loaded.

Two residents of the house, Daniel L. Pelfrey, 37, and Anthony J. Pettitt, 29, were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and with possession with intent to sell.

Police found 5 grams of crack cocaine and additional powdered cocaine, as well various narcotics, including the painkiller Opana and the powdered form of Ecstasy, according to detectives.

Narcotics Detective Lt. Bryan DalPorto said the 24th Street home was a hot spot that they had been investigating for the past six months after getting complaints from neighbors.

“It is unusual,” DalPorto said of Monday’s seizure of the powdered Ecstasy. “We used to see a lot of it three or four years ago, but it hasn’t been around recently. Hopefully, this is not a trend.”

The investigation was led by Narcotics Detective Steven Reed.