A 31-year-old Rhode Island Street man was arrested early Thursday afternoon in a court-authoritzed raid on his home after a months-long investigation by the narcotics units of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Amherst police.

Senior Detective Alan Rozansky, chief of the sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, said Joseph Sciortino, now being held in the Erie County Holding Center pending Clarence Town Court proceedings, was linked to narcotics sales in the Clarence and Amherst areas for months.

The raid on his house under a search warrant signed by Clarence Town Justice Robert Sillers led to the seizure of about 1.5 ounces of cocaine packaged for street sale and more than $7,000 cash.

Sciortino is being held on felony charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and criminal possession of more than one ounce of cocaine.