House Once Linked to Drug Trafficking Now Transforming into Family Home

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2010 at 6:34 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2010 at 6:34 PM EDT

United States Attorney William Hochul Jr. Announced the transfer of 452 Fargo Avenue in Buffalo to Habitat for Humanity Incorporated. Officials say the home was linked to a cocaine and heroin trafficking organization operating in Western New York. A FBI investigation led to the arrest of a number of individuals, including the former owners of the property, Enrique Sexto and Luis Pabon. The drug distribution ring used the property on Fargo Avenue to conduct sales of cocaine and heroin, hold meetings with criminal associates, and store drugs.

"This location on Fargo Avenue when it was run by heroin trafficking organizations was a place where dreams came to die," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. "This had been one of the locations for the 'wild west', but thanks to all those involved, it will now become the 'hospitable west'."

The previous homeowners were convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and sentenced to federal prison. The home was forfeited to the government in May 2009. Habitat for Humanity is now working on the home, along with Gabryal Deng, who will be the new owner. Deng, an immigrant from Sudan, is a father of five and is thrilled to call 452 Fargo Avenue home once construction is finished.