A Drug Raid In Lackawanna Lands Twenty People Behind Bars

January 28, 2011 Updated Oct 27, 2013 at 3:27 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

January 28, 2011 Updated Oct 27, 2013 at 3:27 AM EDT

A six-month undercover drug investigation in Lackawanna came to a head today bring in drugs, cash and the arrests of 20 people.

Channel 7 was the only news channel on the scene to get exclusive video of the suspects. There were 18 males and two females brought into custody. Eleven of those people were transported to downtown Buffalo to be arraigned. The others had their first appearance in Lackawanna City court. They all face charges related to the illegal sale and possession of drugs.

There were 14 agencies that participated in the raid including the Lackawanna Police, New York State Police, Erie County Sheriff's Office and the Hamburg S.W.A.T team.

Lackawanna Police Chief James Michael said they began the raid around five this morning, searching eight locations in the city. Just hours later, they had all their targeted suspects in custody.

Police said along with the twenty arrests, they siezed more than six thousand dollars in cash and a large amount of cocaine.