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ECSO Narcotics Unit Assisted by Amherst Police Conduct Raid on Amherst Drug Dealers Home.

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit raided a Rensch Road residence yesterday and arrested three subjects following a month-long investigation into drug dealing activities from the dwelling. This raid was the last in a series of separate operations conducted throughout the week.

At approximately 12:00 P.M. on September 5, Deputies and Detectives with the narcotics unit executed a search warrant signed by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case. Upon making entry, the unit discovered a felony amount of cocaine, 80 pounds of marijuana and about $30,000.00 in U.S. Currency, and throughout the week, the unit recovered approximately 150 pounds of marijuana and over $100,000.00 from various and undisclosed locations.

The three individuals arrested and charged are 24-year-old Peter Hwang of Amherst, 21-year-old Rachel Minnolera of Lancaster, and 27-year-old Steven Lin of New York City.

Hwang is charged with a felony count of criminal possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance – cocaine. Minnolera is charged with a felony count of criminal possession of cocaine and a violation for unlawful possession of marijuana. Lin is charged with a felony count of criminal possession of marijuana.

All three defendants are held at the Erie County Holding Center without bail pending their arraignment.

The Amherst Police Department assisted in the execution of the search warrant.

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