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January 28, 2014

Drug rings taken down in three counties

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The cocaine was then sold to Falls dealers Jermaine Cox and Lamar Johnson and Genesee County ringleader Geraldine Horsefall. Investigators said Horsefall was assisted in the drug sales by her adult children. 

The Erie County based investigation, code-named Operation TGIF for one of the suspects who worked at the popular downtown Buffalo restaurant, led to the recovered nearly 700 grams of cocaine. Investigators said the suspects in that case arranged to have cocaine transported to Buffalo from New York City and Boston.

During the course of Operation TGIF, investigators discovered that members of the drug network attended regular cockfights on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. Undercover investigators observed hundreds of cockfights, including many at which the animals were killed.

In some of the fights, spurs and razor blades were attached to the birds’ legs. Bets were placed on each fight, an admission fee was collected and a referee was paid to oversee the fights.

Of 35 suspects who were arrested Tuesday, only one, Coco Spencer, 30, is from Lockport. The rest are from from Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Sanborn, Niagara Falls, Lewiston, Akron, Elmira, Corfu, Holland, Pembroke, New York City, Lawrence, Mass., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Boston, N.Y.

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