Anon Drug Tip Launches Investigation Spanning Three Police Agencies.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit teamed with NFTA Police and Buffalo Police narcotics unit officers to investigate a tip received by the NFTA Police Department.
On June 18, law enforcement officers from the three agencies executed a search warrant for 936 West Avenue in the City of Buffalo signed by Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi. Officers discovered approximately 1-ounce of heroin and close to $15,000.00 in U.S. Currency. During the time of the raid, three children were in the residence; ages 8, 11, and 15.
After the raid, Francisco Valencia, 38 of Buffalo, was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies and charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a narcotic and a felony count criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell. Valencia is also charged with three misdemeanor counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies also cited the defendant for unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of fireworks.
Valencia has a prior drug-related conviction where he was sentenced to five years of probation.