Buffalo New York Round Up Resulted In 36 Arrested
APR 9 -- (Buffalo, NY) - JOHN P. GILBRIDE, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") announced the arrests of several defendants for violations of the Controlled Substance Act. Since April 2007, members of the DEA Buffalo RO Task Force and Niagara County Drug Task Force have been investigating a cocaine trafficking organization operating in the area of Lockport, New York. Throughout this investigation it was learned that approximately eight ounces of cocaine was being distributed on a weekly basis in the Lockport area by Melinda DONOVAN, Tyrone NANCE and James T. WILLIAMS.
DEA Special Agent in Charge JOHN P. GILBRIDE stated, “Our law enforcement partners united in this effort to eradicate this drug trafficking organization that was responsible for disseminating cocaine throughout the Buffalo area. This is a warning to all drug traffickers that you can not hide from law enforcement, be it the source of supply to the end user, we will find you.” Mr. GILBRIDE praised the efforts of all the law enforcement agencies that assisted with this successful investigation.
This investigation involved the cooperation of several law enforcement agencies as well as over 200 officers who participated in the takedown. Several New York State phone interceptions were used throughout the investigation which allowed law enforcement to learn about the drug trafficking organization as well as the source of supply for the cocaine. Numerous investigative techniques were used to learn that NANCE was supplying WILLIAMS and DONOVAN in order to distribute cocaine to drug customers and drug associates throughout the Buffalo area.
On March 27, 2008, Buffalo RO Agents, assisted by personnel from the Amherst Police Department, Lancaster Police Department, New York State Inspector General’s Office, Buffalo Police Department, New York State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, ICE, Cheektowaga Police Department, Lockport Police Department, North Tonawanda Police Department, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police Department, Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, Niagara Falls Police Department and New York State Attorney General’s Office arrested 36 individuals. This investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately nine (9) ounces of cocaine, one (1) ounce of crack cocaine, two and one-half (2.5) pounds of marijuana, a small amount of heroin, approximately $20,000 USC, 2006 Land Rover, one gun and assorted drug paraphernalia.
The following individuals were arrested:
1. Melinda DONOVAN –DOB:10-02-78