Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced today that the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, with the Buffalo Police Department’s Intelligence Unit and Homeland Security’s Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST), conducted a morning raid and seized approximately 600 grams of fentanyl.
Just before 11 A.M. on March 7, Deputies and Detectives with the Sheriff’s narcotics unit, Buffalo officers, and HSI-BEST agents executed a search warrant for a residence at 28 Zenner Street in the City of Buffalo. Following the raid, officers seized a large package of fentanyl and varying amounts of Narcan and Suboxone. Law enforcement officers also seized one vehicle.
Before the raid was initiated, 39-year-old Willie Loyd of Buffalo was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Office at a New York State Parole office on an indictment warrant for felony counts of criminal sale of a narcotic and criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell. The warrant was secured by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office after undercover officers made multiple purchases of fentanyl from Loyd.
Following the raid, Deputies charged Loyd with a class A-1 felony for criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and a class-B felony for criminal possession of a narcotic following the morning raid.
Loyd is on parole and has four separate felony convictions which include two violent felonies. The defendant is also on probation for a DWI conviction.
He is held at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment.
This arrest and seizure culminate an investigation by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit which spanned several months.