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Four arrested after Bidwell Parkway bust nets half-pound of cocaine, $20,000 cash

A half-pound of cocaine and $20,000 in cash were found when Erie County Sheriff’s Office working with the Buffalo Police Narcotics unit raided an apartment at a Bidwell Parkway building in the Elmwood Village, sheriff’s officials announced Friday.

The raid took place Wednesday evening in the Bidwell Manor apartments at 116 Bidwell Parkway, just west of Elmwood Avenue.

The narcotics investigators found “8 ounces of cocaine, various packaging materials, a scale and approximately $20,000 of U.S. currency,” a statement read.

Darryl Bagby, 32, of Buffalo, a three-time convicted felon, was arrested. He was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

He was being held at the Erie County Holding Center on $50,000 bail.

Around the same time as the raid, patrol officers with the Buffalo Police Department’s Northwest District stopped a car that led to the arrest of three people.

Authorities said the trio had left the residence where the raid took place.

The police officers found cocaine, other controlled substances and two loaded handguns in the vehicle. All three were booked on illegal gun and drug charges. Their names were not immediately released.

Records show that in August, Bagby was arrested in connection with the theft of a car. He was accused of punching a woman in the eye before taking her 2012 silver Cadillac on the night of Aug. 8 at Fillmore and Victoria avenues. The car was found later on Dorchester Road, which is around the corner from Bidwell Parkway.

He was charged with assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property. The disposition of that case was not immediately available.

Alan Rozanski, chief of narcotics for the Sheriff’s Office, said the investigation was continuing and that more arrests are pending.

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