State and local law enforcement agencies broke up a major drug ring in Western New York. Investigators say it was the biggest bust in more than a decade. Police believe drugs were sold at 6 different locations in Monroe and Orleans Counties. The drugs were brought here from Florida through New York City.
The alleged drug houses were in some nice neighborhoods and not far from schools. "I think it's awful," said Marvin Sachs, a member of the Brighton School Board. "We have a zero tolerance police in schools and to have this happen right around the corner is shocking." Police raided a house near French Road Elementary School.
Investigators also busted a house near a barber shop on Monroe Avenue owned by Pattie Parker. "I'm not surprised. We have seen dealings and watched it," said Parker. "I think it's (the raid) is a good thing for sure, but I think they have a real long way to go." Police seized more than $2.8 million of cocaine and $700,000 in cash. Police even found cars with hidden compartments to hide drugs and guns.
Investigators called the drug bust "Operation Snow Bird." It was a year long investigation. It's estimated the ring brought more than $1 million of cocaine into Monroe County each month. "What we are trying to do is prevent things like that from happening," said Sachs. "It's unbelievable."