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Amherst couple arrested for drug trafficking



AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — A couple from Amherst was arrested Wednesday following a several-months-long investigation by the Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics and Intelligence Unit, according to the Sheriff’s office.

Franklin Richards, 40, and Toya Richards, 43, were reportedly taken into custody following a traffic stop after leaving their residence. Following their arrests, a search warrant was executed at their Amherst residence.

Deputies and detectives reportedly recovered three kilos of cocaine, one kilo of fentanyl, ½ kilo of methamphetamine, and ecstasy, as well as a large amount of packing materials, mixing substances and other drug paraphernalia.

The Richards were each charged with the following:

  • Two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance (8+ ounces of a narcotic), a Class A felony
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in the second degree, a Class B felony
  • Criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, a Class B felony
  • Criminal possession of a narcotic, a Class B felony
  • Three counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor

According to the Sheriff’s office, Toya Richards was arraigned and released Wednesday after posting $200,000 bail. Franklin Richards was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center without bail on a U.S. Marshall detainer.

Adam Duke is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2021. See more of his work here.



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