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Convicted felon arrested following tip he was targeting Seneca territory

A three-time convicted felon was arrested on drug and weapons possession charges following simultaneous drug raids Monday by the Erie County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit in Buffalo and Evans.

The Sheriff's Office said its investigation was the result of a tip that James Carter, 31, of Buffalo was targeting members of the Seneca Nation on the Cattaraugus Reservation for his illegal drug sales.

The raids were conducted about 6:30 a.m. in apartment at the Commodore Perry Housing Development in Buffalo and at an Erie Road residence in Evans. The Evans Police Department assisted in the latter.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit seized 50 grams of heroin, which is equivalent to  1,000 doses of the drug; one-half ounce of crack cocaine; numerous loose Xanax pills; a quantity of marijuana, about $4,500 in cash, and a handgun from the Buffalo residence.

The Sheriff's Office said no narcotics were found in the Evans raid. After submitting the handgun to its lab for identification and analysis, the Sheriff's Office determined that there had been an attempt to alter the gun's appearance based on the condition of the weapon. The Sheriff's Office had not determined whether or not the gun was stolen.

Carter was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell; two felony counts of criminal possession of narcotics; a felony county of criminal possession of a weapon; criminal possession of a controlled substance; criminal use of drug paraphernalia and two separate violations for marijuana possession and prescription drug possession.

Carter was being held at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment  in Buffalo City Court.

Carter could face additional charges pending the analysis of the recovered handgun.

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