Money, drugs and paraphernalia seized from Buffalo home.

Big Drug Bust in Buffalo

November 17, 2011 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

November 17, 2011 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Authorities said two suspects were taken into custody in connecting with a drug bust. They said the men were not your average street level drug dealer but allegedly major suppliers to the illegal drug market.

Harold Howard, 41, and Myron Johnson, 36, were taken into custody after being arrested at a home on Ruspin Avenue in Buffalo. The Erie County Sheriff's office seized about nine pounds of cocaine and the street value is worth upward of $400 thousand.

Authorities also found a felony amount of ecstasy, $55 thousand in cash and a four-caliber handgun. Drug paraphernalia was also in the house including grinders and money counters.

It's been a case authorities have been investigating for more than a year.

"This was not a street level dealer. The amount of money recovered and amount of cocaine recovered I would say he's a bigger deal. He's not a street level dealer," Erie County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit Detective Al Rozansky said.

The men were charged with possession of illegal substance with intent to sell. This is not Howard's first run in with the law. He already has a case pending for drugs and gun possession.

Howard is being arraigned in City Court, Thursday.