Law Enforcement


 January 28, 2014

Fourth person dies of drug overdose

Erie County Sheriff Senior Detective Alan Rozansky said, “It’s not limited to one area. This is spreading out and I don’t think anyone is going to stop and say, ‘Okay, we can’t sell fentanyl anymore.’ I think it’s a big problem and it’s probably going to get bigger.”


It is believed two more people have died of a drug overdose in Western New York, this time in the Village of East Aurora and City of Buffalo.
Late Saturday evening, police in East Aurora say a 49-year-old man was found dead in his home. Authorities believe he died of a heroin overdose and are awaiting test results. And in Buffalo on Tuesday, authorities say a person was found dead in the Lovejoy neighborhood and it is believed to be drug-related.
On Monday, two people were found dead at the Motel 6 on Freeman Drive in Lancaster. Police also believe the 23-year-old man and his 28-year-old girlfriend died of drug overdoses.

How can we stop these drugs from killing more people? Dr's need to stop over-prescribing these drugs!  FENTANYL is meant for cancer patients. TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM THESE DRUGS!!!

Though police have not said whether these deaths are connected, News 4 has reported on a deadly fentanyl-heroin mixture in the past that lead to a string of overdose deaths throughout Western New York.
Erie County Sheriff Senior Detective Alan Rozansky said, “It’s not limited to one area. This is spreading out and I don’t think anyone is going to stop and say, ‘Okay, we can’t sell fentanyl anymore.’ I think it’s a big problem and it’s probably going to get bigger.”
Rozansky says law enforcement officers are finding more situations where pure fentanyl is being sold as heroin. But fentanyl is 100 times more potent.
“From what chemists are telling me, this is so potent, if it is injected in the arm, the chances of living are slim to none,” he said.
In many cases, drug users do not know exactly what they are buying, such as the case of 20-year-old Angel Marcial, who police say was dealing drugs.
“Kids would pull up from the suburbs and they were buying what they suspected to be heroin and in fact it was pure fentanyl. Had we not, in one case, intercepted the individual, he would have died because it was fentanyl that he had purchased,” Rozansky said.
Fentanyl is typically used in hospitals to help cancer patients with pain.
“If we get a case of fentanyl, we don’t wait around. If we know that we have suspects who might be selling fentanyl or heroin-fentanyl, we respond immediately as quick as we can because obviously the people who are purchasing it are going to be dying,” Rozansky said.
In 2009, four people died from the mixture in a two-month period. And in June last year, the Erie County Health Department began alerting first responders that the drug mixture is causing an increase in cases of heroin overdoses. In both of those outbreaks, the person allegedly selling the deadly concoction was found and arrested.
In 2009, Joann Rusby of LeRoy was sentenced to five years in prison for causing the death of Yvonne Hart. Peter Militello of Tonawanda was indicted last year for the death of Robert Runfola, and he could face life in prison if convicted.
Rozansky says law enforcement agencies are working together to crack down on the problem. Anyone with information should call their local police department or the Erie County Sheriff’s confidential tipline at 858-7755.

2 inmates dead at prison in Attic

Friday, December 6, 2013,

ATTICA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Authorities say they're investigating the deaths of two inmates at New York's maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility.
The state corrections department and state police say the inmates, aged 25 and 51, were found dead in separate cells on Thursday. A third inmate was hospitalized. Though the investigation is in its early stages, News 4 is told it could be a case of bad drugs, possibly heroin.
Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Green said, "In that context, in that selling you seem to kind of gravitate to the fact that it might be drug related, but here again, we don't want to have tunnel vision and we want to make sure we look at all the evidence and proceed accordingly."
Just a few months ago, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard warned the public about a suspect who was accused of selling heroin that turned out to be pure fentanyl on the streets of Buffalo.
Erie County Sheriff's Sr. Det. Alan Rozansky said, "It is probably a hundred times more potent than heroin and according to the lab people, it would've caused instantaneous death."
Erie County has seen at least six heroin deaths this year, and at least one or two involved heroin laced with fentanyl. With illegal drugs there are no safeguards.
"The American Medical Association doesn't check with the drug dealer first, and these people that need the drugs have no way of knowing what's in the drugs," Sr. Det. Rozansky said. "Whatever the drug dealer can get his hands on, he's going to mix. He's not worried about whether he kills somebody or not, he's made a profit."
Illegal drugs do get into the prison system. This investigation is in its early stages and toxicology tests will confirm whether or not it was bad heroin that killed two inmates at Attica prison.

Sept. 4, 2013

     I have been in law enforcement for 42 years, and in narcotics enforcement for approximately 25 of those years.   During that time,  I have seen our children consume a variety of drugs. For the past couple of years I have seen a dramatic amount of prescription  opiates being used as well as sold on the streets.  Because of the steep prices charged for the opiate pills our children have resorted to the "cheaper" and more addictive high of heroin. This has led to an increase in heroin use.

     As of late, heroin has been cut with deadly fentanyl. Overdose deaths have  risen.

      Recently, a suburban male went to the Riverside area of Buffalo and purchased a bundle of heroin . Not only was he hooked on heroin, but so were his brother and girlfriend.  What's more, the heroin dealer was also selling fentanyl, a prescription painkiller.  The chemist at the Central Police Lab said that an addicted person  who used the drug would die immediately as it was 1,000 times more potent than heroin.
        This male also advised us that he spent about $700 a week on heroin and that he spent every penny he earned to feed his habit..

    Opiate addiction has caused increased heroin use and a whole new generation of addicts. DRUG DEALERS ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU. They will sell poison to obtain a profit.

 Get into rehab NOW! Get educated.