A North Tonawanda man who was already free on bail for a drug-related charge was arrested Thursday and charged with selling heroin, following a raid on his Zimmerman Street apartment.
Miguel E. Febres, 33, was arraigned in North Tonawanda City Court on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to Mark W. Driess, chief of the Niagara County Drug Task Force.
Driess said the raid was conducted by members of the county drug task force, following a month-long investigation by Sheriff’s Investigators Daniel Douglas and Stephen Gaydos. Driess said Febres was found with 16 packets of heroin, packaging material, a scale, $875 in cash and a loaded .22 caliber handgun. Following his arraignment, Febres was held at the Niagara County Jail in Lockport in lieu of $25,000 cash bond or $50,000 property bond.
Driess said the prosecutors are seeking to revoke Febres’ bail from an evidence-tampering charge in April, when he and two others allegedly hauled the body of David C. Brandl of Lockport more than a mile from Febres’ apartment to Mayor’s Park and left it to be discovered by a National Grid crew the next day. Brandl, 22, had died from a combination of heroin and cocaine on the night of April 26-27.