BUFFALO, N.Y - U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Buffalo Air and Marine Units joined a DEA taskforce to successfully bring a local narcotics ring to justice. A CBP marine interdiction agent assigned to the Buffalo Marine Unit served on the investigating multiagency team.
CBP Air and Marine helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft flew surveillance missions, gathering video-recorded evidence used by the DEA taskforce to obtain arrest and search warrants.
The investigation culminated with CBP’s Buffalo Air Unit providing air cover during the simultaneous execution of search and arrest warrants at 5:30am this morning in Buffalo, N.Y. Two CBP AS-350 helicopters, one with a CBP marine agent aircrew rifle operator on board, and one fixed wing aircraft with a CBP marine agent sensor operator joined the sophisticated air operation during the take down.
“CBP’s Buffalo Air and Marine Units were proud to participate in this task force with the DEA and other law enforcement agencies,” said Director of Marine Operations Brian Manaher. “CBP Air and Marine Operations played a critical role again in the Buffalo area, working hard to keep our communities safe.”
Approximately 20 individuals were arrested in the operation, which involved the seizure of weapons, narcotics, and other items.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.