Feds bust drug rings in Buffalo, Dunkirk

Jun 18, 2015

Two significant drug busts were announced Thursday, one in Dunkirk and one in Buffalo. Police say the busts show the aggressiveness of the area drug trade.

Authorities say the Buffalo ring received at least 1,000 phone calls a day looking to buy heroin, with ring agents delivering to customers from college students to professionals.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul says the two drug busts show how widespread the narcotics problem is in Western New York.
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"It was incredible. Throughout the investigation, you had a range of customers," said DEA Acting Resident Agent in Charge John Flickinger.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul says the Dunkirk bust, which turned up more than 15 pounds of cocaine and more than $150,000 in cash, shows how large the drug supply is. Six people were arrested in Dunkirk and four were arrested in Buffalo.

Chautauqua County has become an epicenter of heroin dealing, with Washington D.C. designating the county for special help. The county also sits on two major Interstate highways which bring supplies in from the East or West.