BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Erie County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit raided a home located at 181 Chicago Street near Fulton Street in Buffalo Tuesday and found drugs, loaded weapons, and explosives.
A press conference was held Tuesday night to announce details about the raid.
Erie County Sheriff Officials say they responded at about 6 p.m. to the Chicago Street address, which is close to two popular attractions: the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and Canalside. There, they seized about a half an ounce of crack cocaine and packaging materials.
They also found enough explosives to warrant contacting the Buffalo Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The explosives found by the sheriff's office bomb squad include a small amount of military-grade C-4 and binary explosives. A detonating cord and time fuse were also seized. All will be passed along to the ATF for further investigation.
Luis Garcia-Ramos, 28, from the 181 Chicago Street address, was charged with selling the crack cocaine involved in the raid.
A 7-year-old child and the child's 23-year-old mother are also believed to be living in the Chicago Street home, officials say.
The explosives were found in a second-floor closet in an open hallway and the shotgun was found next to a bed in the master bedroom, also on the second-floor, officials say. All were in reach of the 7-year-old, they added, and Child Protective Services (CPS) had been contacted.
The sheriff's office had been following the narcotics operation before the raid, which they initiated in Erie County's southern tier. They say they believe Garcia-Ramos was selling crack cocaine to individuals who would drive into the city from southern tier suburbs.
Garcia-Ramos has been charged with two felonies: illegal storage of explosives and criminal possession of paraphernalia.
The sheriff's office says they are still investigating and waiting to hear from the ATF on any additional charges.