News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2008
Erin Mulvey
Public Information Officer
212 337-2906

25 Members of Crack Cocaine Organization Arrested in Buffalo Area

JUL 30 -- (Buffalo, NY) JOHN P. GILBRIDE, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") announced the arrests of twenty five defendants subsequent to executing 21 search warrants for violations of the Controlled Substance Act. Since April 2008, Agents from the DEA Buffalo Resident Office and the Buffalo Police Department Narcotics Unit have been investigating the drug trafficking activities of Wallace PEACE and his top associates.

During the investigation, it was revealed that PEACE and his associates were involved in the sale and distribution of large quantities of crack cocaine in the Western New York area. Through the utilization of various investigative techniques the investigation unveiled that PEACE and his associates were selling approximately two or more kilograms of crack cocaine per week throughout the Western New York area.

DEA Special Agent in Charge John P. GILBRIDE stated, “The dismantling of this crack cocaine distribution organization has led to numerous arrests and the seizure of half a million dollars worth of cocaine. That means 20,000 dime bags of crack are no longer available to contaminate the streets of the Buffalo area.” Mr. GILBRIDE praised the efforts of all the law enforcement agencies that assisted with this successful investigation.

Yesterday morning 25 of the defendants were arrested as well as 6 kilograms of cocaine, small amounts of heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs. In addition 17 weapons and 6 vehicles were seized.

This investigation and execution of arrests involved the cooperation of several law enforcement agencies including: DEA Buffalo Resident Office, United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York, Erie County District Attorney's Office, Immigration Customs Enforcement, New York State Police, Buffalo Police Department, Amherst Police Department, West Seneca Police Department, Lancaster Police Department, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Tonawanda Police Department, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Federal Bureau of Investigation, Buffalo Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Orchard Park Police Department, Cheektowaga Police Department, NFTA Police Department, Hamburg Police Department , Lewiston Police Department, Salamanca Police Department and Border Patrol Service.