Weekly Feature

2018-03-07 / Local News

Rewards to be offered for tips yielding opiate-related charges

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn and Kevin Hoffman, chairman of Crime Stoppers Buffalo, said Monday that there will be rewards of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of opiate dealers.

Flynn contributed $20,000 in asset forfeiture money to Crime Stoppers Buffalo to launch the initiative and to help fight the opioid epidemic in Western New York. Crime Stoppers Buffalo has committed an additional $25,000.

Anyone with tips is asked to call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 867-6161 with information on opiate dealers.

Callers can remain anonymous. If information leads to an arrest and/or indictment, the tipster will receive a cash amount up to $2,500. The Crime Stoppers Board of Directors will decide the amount of cash awarded depending on the severity of the crime.

“In order to stop people from using these addictive opiates, we need to get the drugs and the people who sell them off of the street. We hope that anyone with information on any drug dealer will be inclined to call,” Flynn said.

Crime Stoppers is also partnering with Crisis Services to assist any person suffering from an addiction.

Crisis Services manages the 24-hour addiction hotline for Erie County, which provides immediate information and assistance in connecting people with addiction treatment services.

The line is monitored 24/7 by counselors who can provide support and guidance for those struggling with addiction. Call 831-7007.

Return to top