Area police — July 29
Two nabbed with illegal firearm
Two city residents are facing second-degree criminal possession of a weapon charges after a traffic stop Thursday morning.
Dunkirk police report the incident took place on East Front Street around 5 a.m. During the course of an investigation regarding a disturbance at 134 Lake Shore Drive East, officers at the vehicle stop found the occupants, Jonathan M. Otero, 26, and Ana L. Otero-Nater, 27, of Dunkirk in possession of a loaded pistol. It is alleged that neither subject had any legal right to possess the firearm.
Both subjects were taken into custody and placed in the city jail awaiting arraignment.
City man sentenced for cocaine charges
BUFFALO — A Dunkirk man has been sentenced to time served for his conviction convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine.
Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Javier Pagan, Jr., 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford today.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case, stated that between 2013 and June 10, 2015, law enforcement officers have been investigating a drug trafficking organization led by defendants David Jesus Pagan and Rafael Burgos, Jr. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the defendants distributed multiple kilograms of cocaine throughout the Dunkirk area.
Javier Pagan was arrested in June of 2013 along with David Jesus Pagan, Burgos, Samuel Hernandez as well as Alvin Torres, Jr. and Angel Pierluissi. Search warrants were executed at the time of the arrests at six properties which resulted in the recovery of more than seven kilograms of cocaine and approximately $175,000 in cash as well as an AR-15 assault rifle with a 30 round magazine.
All defendants have been convicted in this case.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Office, the Dunkirk Police Department, under the direction of Chief David C. Ortolano, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb, and the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Patrick Swanson.
Erie County Sheriff’s Office
EVANS — A traffic stop just after midnight Friday on a vehicle on Erie Road for speeding led to a felony driving while intoxicated charge for a Buffalo man.
Erie County sheriff’s deputies say William Galla III, 35, was asked to exit the vehicle and perform standard field sobriety tests. Galla failed multiple tests, and an initial breath test indicated a BAC level above the legal limit.
Galla also was charged with speeding –70 mph in a 45 mph speed zone, and an equipment violation. After the arrest, the deputy discovered marijuana in the vehicle and added an unlawful marijuana possession charge.
Galla was taken to the Erie County Holding Center where he later posted $500 for bail and was released.
¯ Joshua Doud, 35, of Fredonia, was charged Saturday with harassment.
¯ Josean Guterrez, 29, of Dunkirk was charged Monday with endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of second-degree harassment.
¯ Bernard Cuevas-Rivera, 32, of Dunkirk, was charged Sunday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle.
¯ Mathew Mulville, 27, of Brocton, was charged with driving while intoxicated on drugs, failure to keep right, following too close, and failure to use the designated turn lane.