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NIAGARA FALLS, NY - On November 9, 2016 – Minutes after undercover agents arrested a suspect in a drug buy last week, detectives went with a warrant to the house he shared with his girlfriend – a Niagara Falls cop (Stephanie Costanzo).


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-year veteran of the force. Following the search of her home and police confiscated her duty weapon, two other handguns, and a pair of handcuffs. Costanzo was charged with third and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies; second-degree possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. She was released on her own                                                         recognizance last week at her first court appearance.


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-degree conspiracy, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Carrier was additionally charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Hopson was additionally charged with second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


"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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