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May 31, 2014

Cops bust heroin dealer near DeGraff

Tonawanda News — The North Tonawanda Police Department and the Niagara County Drug Task Force combined efforts Wednesday to arrest a man allegedly selling heroin next to DeGraff Memorial Hospital, according to a statement released on Friday by Sheriff James R. Voutour and Police Chief William Hall. 

Police said Luis Miguel Garcia, 29, had traveled to North Tonawanda from his home in Buffalo and sold heroin to an undercover agent from the drug task force during a sting operation in the hospital’s parking lot at 12:25 p.m. along Tremont Street. 

Garcia was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both B-felonies. 

According to the North Tonawanda City Court clerk’s office, Garcia was held in North Tonawanda jail overnight, until he was able to post $2,500 bail, and released on Thursday. 

He is due back in city court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.  Police did not immediately return phone calls for comment. 

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