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Feds bust drug rings in Buffalo, Dunkirk

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

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.

"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.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.