Buffalo Police Arrest Dozens in Drug Raids

November 10, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 12:30 AM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

November 10, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 12:30 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- More than 30 people were arrested on drugs and weapons charges, after Buffalo Police raided many city neighborhoods over the past couple weeks. "We're doing everything within our power... bring people to justice, we'll be coming to a neighborhood near you soon," Buffalo Police Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards said.

Eyewitness News captured exclusive video of some of those raids, including a drug bust at a home on the 200 block of Peach Street in the 'fruit belt' area on Monday. A man was arrested there, also crack cocaine and illegal prescription pills were seized.

More drug raids happened Tuesday in the Broadway-Fillmore area. Police say they made more than a dozen arrests just this week, and another 17 arrests last week in neighborhoods across the city, including the Masten District. "We're going to continue to send a message to criminals that this behavior is not going to be tolerated in the City of Buffalo," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. "If you want to deal drugs in this community then you better strap on your seat belts because it's going to be a rough, rough ride. We aren't playing games with the drug dealers, gangs, and people moving illegal weapons in the city."

Police say just this week they confiscated two illegal shotguns, three ounces of crack cocaine, a pound of marijuana, and more than $20,000 in cash.

While no one was reportedly injured in these raids, police say they did have to shoot a dog at one of the houses for their own protection.
Police say many of the leads for these drug raids came from tips from the community, through calls into the police tip-line and the mayor's 3-1-1 line.

Officials say the charges these criminals face are going to become more serious since the federal government is getting involved.