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Crack pipe doesn't make it through Rath Building security

Ronald Barney, 54 (Erie County Sheriff's Office)

A Buffalo man was arrested Monday after Erie County sheriff's deputies said he tried to enter the Rath Building with a crack pipe.

Ronald Barney, 54, is accused of putting the pipe in a security bin as he attempted to pass through a security checkpoint on the Pearl Street side of the building, the Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Building security notified deputies, who asked Barney about the pipe. He allegedly told the deputies he recently smoked crack cocaine, deputies said.

Barney was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and released on appearance tickets for Buffalo City Court, the Sheriff's Office said.

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