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November 3, 2012

Police raid yields heroin

Tonawanda News — A North Tonawanda resident arrested in May for dumping a Lockport man's body along the Erie Canal after a heroin overdose that took place inside his Zimmerman Street apartment was raided by police late Thursday night. 

The Niagara County Drug Task Force arrested Miguel E. Febres, 33, of 318 Zimmerman Street, Apt. 3, at 10:30 p.m., and he was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Mark Driess, chief investigator for the task force, said Febres was observed by members of his outfit during the last month. 

"He surfaced in our investigation as dealing in heroin and then we knew of the incident in April with the overdose," Driess said. 

When authorities entered the apartment Febres was allegedly found with 16 bags of heroin with a street value of several hundred dollars, according to Driess, as well as a loaded .22 cal. pistol and $800 in cash. North Tonawanda City Court Judge William Lewis issued a search warrant Thursday. 

Febres was due to face sentencing next week in Niagara County court for tampering with physical evidence, an E felony, related to the death of David C. Brandl of Lockport, who was discovered dead of a heroin overdose by National Grid employees on April 27 in Mayor's Park, located along the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda. 

Brandl was in Febres' home when he died. Two others pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges related to the dumping of Brandl's body, including Heather Fuller and Alix Devereaux, both of whom will be sentenced later this year. 

Febres was free on bail and faced up to four years in jail for the tampering charge according to the Niagara County District Attorney's office, but after Thursday's arrest is now being held in Niagara County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

He was arraigned in North Tonawanda City Court on Friday. North Tonawanda police became involved after the raid.

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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