Massive Drug Raids in Buffalo

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Ed Reilly

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM EDT

BUFFALO N.Y (WKBW-TV) Mayor Byron Brown announced that three days of drugs raids in the City of Buffalo have been concluded successfully.

"Operation Power Sweep" resulted in the arrest of 63 people and the confiscation of 8 guns, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, assorted pills, and over $3,000 in cash.

This is the fourth time this year that the City has conducted a large-scale raid to target guns, gangs, and drugs.

Officials said no drug 'king-pins' were arrested, but the drug dealers had turned their homes into big problems.

"Cars beeping horns, pulling up in driveways and disturbing the whole entire quality of life of a street," added Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards from Buffalo Police.

Some of the suspects also had ties to violent gangs.

Mayor Byron Brown says more big raids are being planned for the future.

"Our message continues to the criminal element, don't feel comfortable. You are not going to get away with it. Not only are we watching and coming but we are following up on every tip and every bit of information that comes in from the citizens of this community," said Mayor Brown.

The Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit led the operation with assistance from DEA, Erie County Sheriff's, New York State Police, and SWAT teams from several local police agencies.

Funding for the joint-raids was provided by New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Operation Impact.