Area Police

Hanging out near school leads to drug charges

Dana A. Toppins, 36, of Buffalo was charged on May 2 after reports of suspicious behavior on the grounds of Gowanda Central School.

Following a report of suspicious persons made to the District School Resource Officer and Cattaraugus County Deputies, said SRO and Gowanda Village Police made contact with two individuals on a black Dodge Dakota parked on school property.

The passenger, Toppins, in said vehicle was observed with a suspicious baggie in plain view, as well as a second plastic baggie containing what appeared to be a large quantity of heroin, also in plain view.

Both individuals were taken into custody, and a further search of the vehicle revealed several hypodermic needles, approximately five grams of heroin, and approximately one gram of cocaine, as well as several articles of packaging equipment.

Occupants were transported to Gowanda Police Department, where the driver was interviewed and released pending further investigation. Toppins was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

It was determined through the course of investigation that all individuals involved were not from the area, and were in the area attending a community education class.

The case was turned over to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. Toppins was arraigned at the Perrysburg Town Court and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail/$100,000 bond.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

≤ SHERIDAN — Mario V. Basilio-Antonio, 40, of Dunkirk was charged with unlicensed operator, failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated, and DWI per se on Saturday.

At approximately 3:38 a.m., Deputies observed a vehicle commit a traffic infraction and stopped said vehicle on Newell Road in the town of Sheridan.

After a brief investigation, it was determined that Basilio-Antonio was reportedly operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Basilio-Antonio was charged and issued traffic tickets directing him to appear in Sheridan Town Court at a later date to answer the charges, and released to Customs and Border Patrol.

≤ GERRY– On April 24 at about 4:49 p.m., Deputies were called to the town of Gerry for an altercation between two subjects in a vehicle.

After an investigation, it was found that Brandy L. Doucet, 29, of Jamestown; Alexander D. Benejan, 17, of Dunkirk; Matthew S. Sowers, 40, of Jamestown and another subject were on their way to Dunkirk to sell a quantity of cocaine with three small children in the vehicle.

Doucet, Benejan, and Sowers were charged with endangering the welfare of a child; Benejan was additionally charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, and Sowers was additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The fourth subject was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

All subjects are scheduled to appear in Gerry Town Court on a later date.