Two facing drug charges after raid in city

Ontario R. Eldridge

Ontario R. Eldridge

Two Dunkirk residents are under arrest after city police and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force entered their Deer Street residence on a search warrant. Once inside, they allegedly found a marijuana-growing operation and packaging materials linked to crack cocaine as well as a stolen handgun.

Police report the warrant was executed at 632 Deer St., upper apartment, around 6:40 a.m. Friday. The search warrant had been issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter Drag based on an investigation by the task force of the sales of crack cocaine from this address. The entry into the residence was made without incident and once inside officers located Ontario R. Eldridge, 31, and Katelyn M. Smith, 27, both who live there.

At the time of the entry, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force had an arrest warrant for Eldridge charging one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. This warrant had also been issued by Drag. The arrest warrant stems from a months long investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and alleges the sale of crack cocaine from this location in the city Eldridge.

Inside of the residence, the search allegedly revealed a marijuana growing operation, packaging materials associated with the sale and distribution of crack cocaine, and a stolen handgun. As a result of the seizure of these items Eldridge is charged additionally with one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and unlawfully growing of marijuana.

Smith was taken into custody and is charged with one count each of unlawfully growing marijuana, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Additional charges will be brought against this pair after other items seized are analyzed.

Katelyn M. Smith

Katelyn M. Smith

Both of these subjects were arraigned before Judge Drag and then remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods. Calls can be made to either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.

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