NIAGARA FALLS – A 28-year-old ex-convict was arrested on weapons and drug charges and his automobile was seized by Niagara Falls Police narcotics detectives during an early-morning raid Thursday. Deron A. Weaver was still in bed when the police department’s Emergency Response Team broke down the front door of his house at 2805 McKoon Avenue about 5 a.m.

When detectives broke into his bedroom Weaver quickly dropped the 40-caliber handgun he had grabbed, telling officers he had expected to have to shoot whoever broke into his house. Capt. David LeGault, chief of the narcotics bureau, said Weaver was charged with weapons possession and, as a convicted felon, he is legally barred from owning weapons.

The search of Weaver’s house led to the seizure of 2.8 grams of alleged crack cocaine; Weaver was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. The detectives also seized his automobile, LeGault said.