A Niagara Falls Police Officer is arrested after home is raided
NIAGARA FALLS, NY -
When they raided the house, they found 5.6 grams of cocaine and scales on a dresser in Officer Stephanie Costanzo's Grand Avenue home, per police. Agents also found baggies on the floor for packaging cocaine and more than $400 in cash in a bottom drawer of the dresser.
Costanzo, 28, who is a three-
Costanzo who lived there with her boyfriend, Raymond C. Hopson, who allegedly made a large drug sale to an undercover agent about ten minutes before the warrant was served.
Detectives said Hopson sold two ounces of crack cocaine to the undercover agent for $3,500. After the sale was complete, the take down team attempted to arrest Hopson. He tried to flee on foot and was arrested a few feet away. Per the report, he tried to toss the cash, but it was recovered.
Detectives and agents also conducted a warrant search just after noon last week Wednesday at the Willow Avenue home of Lindsay R. Carrier, 31, who was also a suspect in the investigation. He was charged after agents found four clear bags containing crack cocaine with a cocaine base of 79.3 grams, two baggies with powder cocaine weighing 60.9 grams, as well as 50 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, a spoon with white residue, hydrocodone and unidentified pills.
Both men were charged with second-
"I wish we never had to do it," DalPorto said who is the Chief of Niagara Falls Police Department and to arrest of one of his officers. "But the joint investigation shows we are willing to police ourselves."
Costanzo is not accused of any wrongdoing on duty, per detectives, nor was she a target of the investigation. The charges resulted from the property found during the search warrant.
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