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Man accused of using cocaine, heroin in Dunkirk business parking lot

A Dunkirk man was taken into custody after allegedly taking cocaine and heroin in a Dunkirk parking lot.

According to state police, troopers responded to the TJ Maxx parking lot Sunday for a report of an individual possibly using narcotics. Upon arrival the troopers observed Justin Schuk, 36, slumped over the wheel of a BMW, unresponsive. Multiple items of drug paraphernalia were allegedly inside the vehicle in plain view along with large amounts of a white powdery substance. Schuk was awakened after multiple attempts. He was evaluated by EMS and he refused medical treatment.

A search of Schuk and his vehicle allegedly revealed 12 grams of heroin, 3.2 grams of cocaine, a straw containing cocaine residue and four Buprenorphine pills in an altoid container for which Schuk did not have a prescription.

Schuk was placed under arrest, transported to SP Fredonia and processed. Schuk was then arraigned in the town of Dunkirk Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail.

He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possessing a controlled substance in a non-original container.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ MAYVILLE — On Friday at around 6:50 p.m. deputies observed an ATV being operated on Blanchard Street in Mayville. The ATV was stopped and the operator identified as Tiffany K. Gross, 43, Sherman. Following an investigation the deputies discovered two prior DWI convictions within the last 10 years. She was also found to have a revoked drivers license. Gross was charged with felony DWI, DWI per se, felony aggravated unlicensed operation, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle and unlawfully operating an ATV on the roadway. She was arraigned in the Chautauqua Town Court and taken to the Chautauqua County Jail.

Erie County Sheriff’s Office

¯ COLLINS — On Wednesday, deputies stopped a vehicle on Main Street in Collins. Upon investigation narcotics were allegedly found. Amanda Velardi, 36, Rome was charged with evidence tampering, criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana. Iesha Dean, 35, Rome was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. Both were taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending their next court appearance.

¯ SENECA NATION OF INDIANS — On Wednesday, deputies stopped a vehicle on Route 438 on the Seneca Nation of Indians for a registration violation. During an investigation police allegedly located a stun gun in the vehicle. Jason Dranger, 42, Collins was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and cited for various violations of the vehicle and traffic laws. He was released and is due to appear in court at a later date.

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