Drugs, guns seized in major bust by Syracuse Police

Drugs and guns seized by Syracuse Police

The execution of several search warrants led Syracuse Police to seize drugs and guns, as well as make six arrests.

Syracuse Police say investigators received information that individuals at an apartment on Bear Street were in possession of a large amount of crack cocaine as well as multiple firearms that the individuals were using to further their drug enterprise.

Investigators obtained search warrants, which were executed by members of the Syracuse Police Department's Special Investigations Division and Syracuse Police Department's SWAT team on Monday.

Investigators seized three handguns, three rifles, along with high capacity magazines, a ballistic vest and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition. They also recovered approximately 100 grams of crack cocaine, 300 grams of marijuana, 300 grams of synthetic designer drugs and almost $24,000, which police suspect came from illegal drug sales.

While police were executing the search warrants, one of the individuals inside the Bear Street apartment, Mike Shutter, tried to escape the police by diving head first from a second floor window. He landed on his head in the driveway below. Shutter was taken into custody and transported to Upstate Hospital where he was treated for broken vertebrae and a possible skull fracture.

Shutter was released from the hospital and taken to the Justice Center, where he was booked on several drug and weapons-related charges.

Five others were also arrested: Richard Brown, Sharod Rutledge, Ricardo Lane, Tasha Brathwait and Habiba Cheeks.