Alleged High Level Drug Dealer Arrested, Widespread Distribution Organization Halted

November 17, 2011 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 7:43 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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November 17, 2011 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 7:43 PM EDT


Town of Tonawanda, NY (WKBW)- The United States District Attorney and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced the seizure of 16 pounds of Cocaine, $170,000 in cash, and 100 pounds of Marijuana from a home on Saint Amelia Court in the Town of Tonawanda Thursday. Officers say 40-year-old Richard Himbury distributed the narcotics out of his home where he apparently lived with his mother and 3 children. Himbury was taken into Custody on Tuesday and charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute. He faces 10 years to life in federal prison for his charges. Following a 6 month investigation, the DEA says Himbury's drug trafficking operation stretched throughout Western New York and reaching as far as Olean and Salamanca.

"Fortunately with the arrests and seizure of all these many pounds of narcotics, he is no longer available to pollute the streets and harm the citizens of Western New York," said William Hochul, United States Attorney for the Western District of New York.

This is the 3rd major seizure by local agencies in just over a week. 10-days ago the DEA seized twice as much cocaine and arrested 3 men. Wednesday, the Erie County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit arrested two men after raiding a home on Ruspin Avenue in the Queen City. Drugs, guns, and thousands of dollars in cash were confiscated in the raid. Officials do not believe the cases are related.