Big Drug Dealer Busted in the Southtowns

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM EDT

TOWN OF CONCORD, NY (WKBW) -- Police raided a house on Old Trevett Road in the Town of Concord on Tuesday. They found needles and prescription pills worth $10,000 to $15,000. "There's an excess of a thousand different pills," Captain Greg Savage, with the Erie County Sheriff's Office, said.

Some of those pills include Methadone, Hydrocodone, and Oxycodone. Detectives say Chandra Zittel was arrested at her home, busting one of the largest prescription pain-pill dealers in the Southtowns. "Some of them were in prescription bottles with her name on it, some of them were in plastic bags, and some of them were in prescription bottles with no one's name on them," Captain Savage said. "There's been an ongoing narcotics investigation in regards to her sales of controlled substances out of her house."

Chandra was reportedly selling hundreds of pills a week and recently sold to undercover detectives. Each pill was reportedly priced at $10 to $25. Police say their investigation started when Chandra's husband, Garrett, died of a heroin overdose in 2008, about a year after the two got married. "Through that investigation they were able to turn up information relevant to Chandra," Senior Detective Alan Rozansky, with the Erie County Sheriff's Office, said.

Eyewitness News spoke with their family in Springville but they didn't want to officially comment since they are currently in a custody battle over the couple's four children. Chandra married into the Zittel family, which is a well known and successful farming family in the area.

Chandra Zittel is being charged with multiple counts of felony including the possession and sale of a narcotic drug. She was scheduled to be in Town of Concord Court at 6pm, Wednesday evening. "At this point we have two "B" felonies on her, but I would venture to say there will be more charges forthcoming," Captain Savage said.

Two of Zittel's customers were also arrested in this drug bust; Charles Tucker of Hamburg, who is reportedly her current boyfriend, and Douglas Pasinski of Springville, who lead police on a high speed chase with his toddler in the back seat of the car.

Detectives say there may be more arrests.