Narcotics Trafficker Arrested After Year Long Investigation.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit along with officers from the Buffalo police narcotics unit arrested Antoine Wedlington, 30 of Buffalo, on November 13 at a gas station/convenience store on Walden Avenue near Bailey Avenue.
Wedlington entered the store where Deputies and Detective observed him throwing small bags of cocaine from his person and trying to hide a large bag in a snack rack. The suspect struggled with officers as they attempted to take him into custody and a Detective was injured during the incident.
Sheriff’s Deputies and Buffalo police officers recovered over 4-ounce of cocaine from within the store. Deputies also recovered an undetermined amount of U.S. Currency which was turned over to another agency for analysis.
The subject of the year-long investigation into drug trafficking is charged with felony counts of criminal possession of a narcotic – 4oz or more, criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, and concealing physical evidence. Wedlington is also charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and obstruction of governmental administration.
Wedlington was arraigned in Buffalo City Court in front of Judge Betty Calvo-Torres and later released on $2,500.00 cash or bond.
Wedlington is a convicted violent felon following a robbery arrest in 2007.
The Detective was treated for lower and upper body injuries at Erie County Medical Center and sent home.