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Feds seize 17 kilos of cocaine, $665K in cash during drug trafficking bust in Western New York

August 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Feds seize 17 kilos of cocaine, $665K in cash during drug trafficking bust in Western New York

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17 kilos of cocaine seized during massive drug trafficking bust in Western New York

Federal and local authorities in New York say they’ve seized 37 pounds (17 kilograms) of cocaine and more than $660,000 in cash and arrested three men on drug trafficking charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the bust was the result of an investigation initiated by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office after an officer stopped a tractor-trailer with Alabama plates outside Buffalo on July 29th.

Federal prosecutors said the officers observed three men involved in a drug deal five days later in West Seneca.

Officials said agents moved in and arrested two Alabama men, Eric Young, 41, and Chancellor Smith, 22, along with 41-year-old Buffalo resident Lance Parker, WKBW reported.

Feds arrested three suspects during a massive drug bust in Western New York

Federal authorities also managed to seize 17 individually packaged pressed powder bricks of cocaine and $664,000 in cash in 52 shrink-wrapped and taped bundles.

The three men all face federal and state drug trafficking charges.

According to court documents, Parker is charged with criminal possession of a narcotic, criminal possession of a narcotic with the intent to sell and conspiracy-intent to perform a class-A felony.

Feds say the co-conspirators are part of a larger multi-state drug trafficking ring.

Law enforcement officials said all three suspects remain in custody without bail.

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