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A car with a bullet hole in the front led to drug and weapons charges for a Georgia man on the East Side Saturday evening, according to  Buffalo Police. Police said Eric J. Hemphill, 29, of Decatur, Ga., was arrested around 6:20 p.m. Saturday after allegedly being in possession of a loaded handgun, cocaine and "molly," also known as MDMA or ecstasy. Officers noticed …

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Three men involved in a police chase that led to partial shutdown of the Kensington Expressway during rush hour Tuesday face drug and weapons charges, according to a police report. Police tried pulling over a car near Bailey and Warwick avenues about 4:45 p.m., but the driver fled and led to a chase onto the expressway. Officers boxed the fleeing vehicle in and one of t…

Crime

A woman was arrested on several charges Wednesday following a one-car crash in which her vehicle overturned twice, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office. Lura M. O'Keefe, 23, of Allegany, was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and other offenses following the accident on Birch Run Road in Allegany. Deputies say O'Keefe lost control…

Erie County

No community is immune from the opioid epidemic. That's why Grand Island has established an advisory committee made up of both school board and town board members to address the problem. Community members will be invited to participate. "Grand Island is just like everywhere else," Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said. Cheryl Cardone, director of pupil personnel se…

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A Los Angeles man convicted on drug charges and charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering was sentenced Tuesday to 180 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Between July 2012 and Jan. 18, 2013, Steven Bennett conspired with others to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more tha…

Four Erie County Probation Officers acting on a tip Wednesday, discovered a probationer in possession of large amounts of drugs and cash inside his City of Tonawanda residence. Raymond Frustino was taken into custody following the unannounced visit by the probation officers, according to the Erie County Executive's office. During a search of Frustino's residence, probat…

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A Buffalo man was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison on weapons and drug charges. Michael Billups, 38, also was sentenced to five years post-release supervision after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance in June, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. Narcotics officers from the Erie Co…

Amherst

An Amherst man faces a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in U.S. District Court. Rohan Chopra, 22,  pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, MDMA, also known as “Molly.” Two other men, Connor Dempsey and Joel Jacob, agreed to allow Chopra to store various controlled substances in an apartment…

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A eighth member of a West Side Buffalo street gang was sentenced to prison Tuesday following his conviction on drug charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Oneil Quinones, 32, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine and was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. Quino…

A Buffalo man has been indicted by a grand jury on federal drug and firearms charges. Mikel Lowe, 23, was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin, as well as possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. If convicted on the charges, Lowe, also known as L-O, could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison. Polic…

A Buffalo man has been arrested on drug and firearms charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. James H. Carter, 31, was charged Wednesday in federal court with possession with intent to distribute over 40 grams of fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firear…

Six people were arrested when the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Sheriff’s Department SWAT team raided a residence on Alleghany Road, Town of Hanover, shortly before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Charged by authorities with third-degree and fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance and held in the Coun…

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Two drug overdose deaths in two months in the City of Tonawanda and an additional seven calls to administer the antidote Narcan have caused concern for city officials. Police Chief William L. Strassburg said opioids are “a growing problem” in the city as heroin, laced with dangerous fentanyl derivatives, compounds the problem of prescription painkiller abuse. On Tues…