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Traffic Stop Turns into Drug Arrest Thanks to BPD K-9

K-9The K-9 Unit of the Buffalo Police Department once again played a key role in the Departments’ relentless crackdown on illegal drug activity in the City of Buffalo.

This past Sunday, the newest K-9 member of the Department “Stark”, was instrumental in the arrest of a 55 year old Buffalo man on numerous drug charges.

“The successful arrest of this individual due in large part to our K-9 Unit is another important part of my Zero Tolerance Policy on crime”, said Mayor Byron W. Brown.

Mayor Brown added, ‘This resource, like many others within the Buffalo Police Department, help us continue to reduce crime, protect our law abiding citizens and improve the City’s overall quality of life”.

The year and a half old K-9, along with his handler Officer James Howe, was summoned to assist during a traffic stop Sunday, March 28th on Harvard Place near Main Street at around 2:30pm.

The vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Caravan, was pulled over by members of the Mobile Response Unit including State Troopers.

After officers discovered the individual was driving with a revoked driver’s license, “Stark” was called to the scene.

Shortly after arriving, “Stark” detected crack cocaine and marijuana near the passenger side door in a compartment under the seat.

Trooper James Len recovered a clear plastic bag containing an ounce of crack cocaine and a clear plastic bag containing one pound of marijuana.

Lt. Salvatore Losi, who heads the BPD K-9 Unit, said “The Department has made a conscious effort to use the dogs more and more in drug searches and we’re seeing positive results.”

Losi added that the K’9s are more efficient when it comes to searching and detecting for contraband.

The individual, 55 year old Frederick Miller of State Street in Buffalo was arrested and charged with: Criminal Sale of Narcotics, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of Marijuana, other drug charges plus a number of Vehicle and Traffic violations.