OBSERVER Staff Report
City of Dunkirk Police successfully concluded a lengthy investigation into the sale of crack cocaine and heroin, allegedly from a Ninth Street residence, with the arrest of three individuals and the seizure of large quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and cash during raid late Friday in the city.
During the investigation, Dunkirk Police detectives, patrol officers and Southern Tier Drug Task Force agents conducted extensive surveillance of the residence at 90 Ninth St. after numerous neighborhood complaints of suspicious drug related activity there. The investigation resulted in a search warrant being issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter Drag.
Yanira Maestre Corralza
Just before 10:30 p.m., Dunkirk Police officers, detectives and agents from the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, armed with the search warrant and battering rams, raided the residence. A forced tactical entry was made by the Dunkirk Police Special Response Team (SRT) and three occupants were detained while officers conducted a search of the premises. During the search officers allegedly located and seized numerous bags of crack cocaine and heroin, which were packaged for street sale. Officers also allegedly seized larger packages of both drugs, scales and packaging materials as well as $5,000 in cash.
Yanira Maestre Corralza, 19, of 90 Ninth St., Dunkirk, and Jarred R. Knight, 26, and Antoine D. Jones, 35, both of Rochester were each charged with four felony charges - two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for intent to sell and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance based on weight. They are being held without bail for arraignment in Dunkirk City Court Sunday.
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano applauded the hard work and arrests made.
"I want to commend our Task Force, patrol and SRT members for a job well done. I also want to thank the citizens of our community that are willing to get involved and come forward with information on activity in their neighborhoods. They are the most important link in our investigations. It is with their help and the day-to-day work of our police department that we will continue our efforts in drug enforcement," he said. "We will continue to send the message to those who are involved in this type of activity that it is unacceptable in our community and that theirs may be the next door that our SRT team breaks down."
Dunkirk City Mayor anthony J. Dolce accompanied police on the raid as an observer.
"I continue to be impressed by the work of our police department, particularly the SRT team. The time, effort and dedication of these fine men is exactly what we need to curtail the distribution of controlled substances that affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Hats off to what I was able to witness firsthand. I look forward to the continued efforts of the Dunkirk Police Department and the Regional Drug Task Force," he said.