With the Erie County Sheriff's Department and Seneca Nation marshals working together, a three-time convicted drug dealer was busted Monday and charged with supplying residents of the nation's Cattaraugus Territory.
A local political activist, accused of casting a vote where he was not living two years ago, was spared jail time. Instead, as part of a plea deal, Rus Thompson was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation.
As Western New York and the nation deals with an opioid crisis, a group of drug reform advocates, former users and health care professionals have launched an effort to bring to New York State facilities where addicts can consume their drug of choice in a safe, secure and supervised environment.
WBFO's Howard Reidel talks with the Drug Policy Alliance's Kassandra Frederique