BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Federal agents say a search of a South Buffalo home in March yielded more than 17 pounds of Fentanyl and large quantities of cocaine and heroin.
Fentanyl has proven fatal to heroin users. The equivalent of three to five grains of salt can be a lethal dose.
Tuesday the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the federal indictment of five people, four from Western New York and one from California. They are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.
“We have in fact recovered the largest quantities of drugs ever seized in the United States when you look at these three drug seizures combined.” said U.S. Attorney William Hochul.
Buffalo Police had received a call regarding a family dispute of Folger Street. They then obtained written consent to search the residence.
John Flickener, the D..E.A.’s Supervising Special Agent in Buffalo, said the investigation “not only identified all the main targets and suppliers in this area, but then also identified the sources and supply in California.”
Authorities say the drugs were destined for distribution primarily in Lockport, Niagara Falls, and parts of Buffalo.
Some South Buffalo neighbors were alarmed.
“It’s scary,” said Abby Gloss. “Especially when you have kids. These drugs can lead to violence, gun fights.”
Mitch Shapiro had a different take.
“I feel that it’s an isolated incident, that the neighborhood is not overrun by drugs and drug dealers,” he said.
Another neighbor said he had been approached by a man who wanted to sell him pills.
The D.E.A. Flickinger says the drug seizures and arrests are likely prevent more overdoses and deaths in Western New York.