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Raids scoop large amount of drugs from Buffalo's streets

Police seized 250 pounds of marijuana, 4 kilograms of cocaine and varying amounts of other drugs from Buffalo's streets over a recent 6½-week period.

Authorities also seized 30 guns — including 16 handguns – and more than $156,000 in cash while executing 120 search warrants across the city, Buffalo police said Tuesday. From July 11 through Aug. 25, 124 people were arrested in the raids, police said.

Large amounts of crack cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and pills also were recovered, as was 35 pounds of khat, a plant that is usually chewed for a stimulant-like effect, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Large sweeps like this one, which were developed in part based on tips as well as complaints from neighbors, are intended to disrupt the supply of drugs in the city, said Buffalo Police Lt. Jeffrey D. Rinaldo.

The warrant executions happened across all five police districts in Buffalo. Police did not identify any of the people arrested or provide information about the charges against them or the locations where the drugs and guns were seized.

Several police agencies participated in the enforcement actions, including the State Police, Erie County Sheriff's Office, Lackawanna police, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, local SWAT teams and the DEA.

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