Drugs

Columbia University Center for Justice

Criminal justice advocates in New York state say they hope to build on recent victories, such as the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana, to gain more reforms for members of Black and brown communities who are incarcerated at a higher rate than white New Yorkers.

A Jamestown woman has pleaded guilty on charges she allowed her home to be used by a drug ring.

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Local law enforcement said a sweep of drug houses has netted some major drug dealers, but it is also a sign that dealers are moving into bigger deals and connecting directly to drug cartels for supplies.

Erie County Department of Health

The loneliness and isolation of the pandemic appears to be fueling a significant rise in drug overdoses in Erie County.

An Erie County Sheriff's Jail deputy has been arrested on drug-related charges following a three-week investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

The number of people driving under the influence is rising rapidly in Erie County, judging by the arrest statistics so far this year.

Buffalo Police

Six suspects have been charged in a 24-count federal grand jury indictment in what authorities say is the drug-related deaths of three people in Buffalo last fall.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo Police are doing away with one of the most controversial elements of the war on drugs: no-knock warrants. That is the kind of police warrant where officers don't have to announce they are there and why. Instead, they just kick down the door and head in.

Eight people have been rounded up in an early Wednesday morning drug raid. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the eight are part of a drug ring that stretched from Buffalo to Mexico.

An apparent fatal drug overdose is suspected after three bodies were discovered in an Oliver Street apartment in North Tonawanda.

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

A routine traffic stop in the city of Jamestown Tuesday afternoon led to the seizure of drugs and the arrests of two people on a number of charges.

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Retired drug enforcement agent Joseph Bongiovanni is facing federal bribery charges in Buffalo. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy said the 21-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration used his position to take pressure off friends and associates who had links to Italian organized crime and the drug trade.


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A coalition of advocates called End Overdose New York is urging immediate action, as the State Senate’s Joint Task Force on Opioids, Addiction & Overdose Prevention meets in Buffalo Wednesday.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

What apparently was a street beef nearly a year ago led to the death of a young Buffalo man. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said the murder will now probably lead to heavy jail time.

The leader of a Jamestown drug organization has pleaded guilty to selling cocaine, after two of his business associates were convicted.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office says a former nurse practitioner issued more than 200 phoney prescriptions for narcotics over the course of two years - and now the last of 10 people charged in the conspiracy has been sentenced.

A major pharmaceutical distribution company and two of its former executives are facing criminal charges for their roles in advancing the nation's opioid crisis and profiting from it.

Drug Enforcement Agency

First there was heroin. Then fentanyl. Then carfentanil. Now butyryl. Ever-stronger variations of the deadly opioid are making their way through Western New York.

A Jamestown couple has been arrested on multiple drug and gun charges.

Federal prosecutors late Tuesday charged British drugmaker Indivior with felony fraud and conspiracy for its marketing of opioid products including Suboxone. The company allegedly created a "nationwide scheme" in the U.S. designed to convince doctors and government insurance providers that Indivior's patented opioid medications are safer and less prone to abuse than cheaper generic alternatives.

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New York State is considering providing medication-assisted treatment to all prison and jail inmates struggling with opioid addiction.

POWER Act has power to fund war on opioids

Feb 21, 2019
Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

Local law enforcement agencies are hoping Congress passes legislation that would allow funding for some cutting edge technology that identifies lethal illicit drugs like fentanyl.

U.S. Attorney's Office

Local prosecutors say they are using a new high-tech mapping system to help search out drug dealers involved in fatal overdoses and to get overdose victims into treatment faster.

For the first time in U.S. history, a leading cause of deaths — vehicle crashes — has been surpassed in likelihood by opioid overdoses, according to a new report on preventable deaths from the National Safety Council.

Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to the council's analysis of 2017 data on accidental death. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103.

Got drugs? Get rid of them...statewide

Jan 4, 2019
Chris Caya / WBFO News

Drug drop-off sites are not new, but this weekend New York joins Washington as the first two states to adopt a unified statewide drug take-back program for unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs.

University at Buffalo

A local doctor who specializes in treating people with addictions has been arrested and charged with possession of heroin and cocaine.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Anyone who watches crime shows on television, whether a reality show or fiction, knows officers put up that yellow crime tape and wait for the forensics people. That is changing, with the national surge of fatal drug overdoses a major reason. More and more police departments train officers to treat an overdose as a crime scene unless someone of rank decides otherwide.

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

Dontrell Wise faces spending the rest of his life in a federal prison because a jury on Thursday ruled the illegal drugs he sold led to a death.

Federal authorities say they have brought down the leader of a major opioids manufacturing and trafficking ring that has been supplying New York's Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania.

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