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Drug raid nets suspect, half kilo of cocaine

A Walden Avenue man was arrested on drug charges after a raid Friday night yielded a half-kilo of cocaine with an estimated street value of $20,000, said Alan Rozansky, Chief of Narcotics at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Narcotics detectives raided a second-floor apartment at Walden and Poplar avenues around 10 p.m. and seized cocaine and a loaded gun.

Marius Austin, 39, was arrested and charged with a felony possession of narcotics, felony possession of drugs with intent to sell, three counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana, Rozansky said.

“He was a mid- to high-level dealer,” said Rozansky. “The drugs he allegedly sold were ending up in the Southtowns, and our investigation and patrols there led us to his apartment in the city.

“We’d be naive to think there isn’t a market for cocaine just because the emphasis right now is on the epidemic of heroin and fentanyl,” Rozansky added.

The sheriff’s narcotics unit assisted by the Buffalo Police Department narcotics unit, executed the search warrant signed by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case. During the search the defendant was found to be in possession of the cocaine and a loaded pistol-grip shotgun.

Austin was arraigned Saturday in Buffalo City Court.