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NIAGARA FALLS –“Tank,” the Town of Tonawanda Police K9 dog, was the only “officer” to uncover any evidence during an early-morning raid Friday at the home of a suspected Niagara Falls drug dealer.

The dog found a 9 mm handgun hidden in the hollowed-out leg of a pool table.

A multi-agency task force of federal an local law enforcement officers descended on the home of Michael P. Mitchell, 32, at 1154 LaSalle Avenue about 6:30 a.m.

Capt. David LaGault, chief of the Niagara Falls Narcotics Bureau, said that a “trace” of suspected power cocaine was found in the house. Mitchell, who was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, remains under investigation, he said.

The raid was staged at the request of Rochester narcotics detectives and agents from the Buffalo office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Tank,” was brought along by Town of Tonawanda Police Officer Brent Costello.