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Police seize drugs, cash, arrest 12 in Buffalo drug raids

Half of the dozen people arrested in a series of predawn raids Monday morning in Buffalo have previous felony convictions, city police said later Monday, following the raids on seven residences in the city, primarily on the West Side.

Several dozen officers and detectives from four local police agencies made the 12 arrests and confiscated various quantities of marijuana, cocaine and other controlled substances. Police also seized two illegal handguns and more than $10,000 in cash, they said.

“It was part of our continuing efforts to disrupt and dismantle illegal narcotics activity across the city,” Buffalo Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said.

Police carried out the raids largely in response to complaints from city residents about drug activity in their neighborhoods.

Five of the seven residences targeted in the raids were on Buffalo’s West Side.

Detectives and officers hit two locations on Rhode Island Street, plus residences on Massachusetts Avenue, Fargo Avenue and Perkins Place, in the city’s West Delavan-Niagara area. Other locations hit were on Tonawanda Street and on Kermit Avenue, in the Bailey-East Delavan area.

Carrying out the raids were officers from the Buffalo Police Intelligence Unit, the Narcotics Squad and SWAT teams from Buffalo, Amherst, Town of Tonawanda and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives arrested the 12 people on a variety of charges, including felony-weight drug possession, marijuana possession and weapons charges, Richards said.