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July 27, 2007

NORTH TONAWANDA: Drug raid nets 10 arrests

North Tonawanda police and the Niagara County Drug Task Force arrested 10 North Tonawanda residents on nearly 50 felony charges during a series of late-night raids Wednesday night.

“This is the first phase of Operation Impact,” said NT Detective Brad Shiesley. “It resulted in 48 felony charges and 20 misdemeanor charges for the possession and sale of controlled substances.”

The people taken into custody were:

• Christopher Van Every, 37, 284 Payne Ave., was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine.

• Athena Novino, 52, 116 Roberts Drive, Apt. 6, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine.

• Daniel Pletcher, 29, 26 17th Ave., was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine.

• Greg Case, 32, 564 Ward Road, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine.

• Scott Whipple, 34, 182 11th Ave., was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and four counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling buprenorphine, an opiate used by people getting off of heroin, diazepam, hydrocodone and cocaine.

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