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Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his Narcotics Unit, with help from the Kenmore Police Department, arrested three suspects associated with a marijuana growing operation as well as possessing heroin and cocaine. In the midafternoon of April 16, the Narcotics Unit and Kenmore Police located a vehicle believed to be transporting heroin between the City of Buffalo and Village of Kenmore. Deputy Retzlaff conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Zimmerman Boulevard and Delaware Road after observing vehicle and traffic law violations. The occupants, Christian Roberts and Kari McKeever, were found to be in possession of multiple bags of heroin and needles then the pair were taken into custody Members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit and the Kenmore PD then executed a search warrant of Roberts’ residence at 1239 Kenmore Avenue in Kenmore. There, officers located a marijuana growing operation with over 200 marijuana plants in the upper level of the residence. Also discovered during the raid, was a rifle, a quantity of cocaine, packing materials, digital scales, and cutting agents. Roberts’ roommate and relative, John Abounader, was found in the home and taken into custody as well. · Christian Roberts, 41 of Kenmore, is charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument along with a New York State vehicle and traffic law violation. Following the raid, Roberts was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. · Kari McKeever, 34 of Fredonia, is charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. · John Adounader, 49 of Kenmore, is charged four separate felonies including criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, criminal possession of a narcotic, criminal possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of a weapon – Abounader has a felony drug conviction from Utah. Also, Abounader is charged with three misdemeanor counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully growing cannabis. The defendants are held at the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignment in Village of Kenmore court. The Sheriff’s Office believes the individuals were using the proceeds from the marijuana grow operation to fund the narcotic drug activities.