JAMESTOWN - The local drug scene was dealt a heavy blow Wednesday after police conducted seven drug raids in a self-described "joint narcotics enforcement sweep" of heroin and cocaine trafficking in Jamestown.
Members of the James-town Police Department, New York State Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security executed the sweep after a months-long investigation, taking nine individuals into custody for various narcotics charges.
"It's been many years since we've (conducted a joint effort) of this magnitude," said Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department. "Four (of the raids) were done simultaneously with four separate SWAT teams - two from the JPD and two from the state police."
Raids were conducted at 228 E. Second St., 3 Forest Park, 614 Spring St., 129 Fairview Ave., 100 E. Eighth St., 20 Willis St. and 711 Cherry St.
According to police, investigators seized large quantities of heroin, cash and drug paraphernalia including syringes, weapons and prescription medication from the listed locations. The 711 Cherry St. residence was the only exception, with cocaine, cash and a marijuana growing operation discovered inside.
The following individuals were taken into custody and are awaiting arraignment:
Alberto Acevedo, 24, of 228 E. Second St., was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and an outstanding probation warrant.
Luis Acevedo, 46, of 228 E. Second St., was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Hector Colon Rodriguez, 40, of 3 Forest Park, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Roberto Morales Sanchez, 45, and Leslie Rodriguez, 27, both of 614 Spring St., were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Daniel McKay, 20, of 129 Fairview Ave., was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Brass knuckles and a quantity of heroin were also found inside his residence.
Wesley Riley, 35, Robin Riley, 56, and Brooke Weinert, 20, all of 711 Cherry St., were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, prohibited growing of marijuana, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. A quantity of cocaine and 31 marijuana plants were found behind a false wall inside the home. Investigators also found an illegal dagger and a cane sword.
Investigations into the contents found at 100 E. Eighth St. and 20 Willis St. are still ongoing.
According to Samuelson, the aggressive posture taken by police in this effort is unlikely to end any time soon.
"This is just the beginning," he said. "We're going to continue to hack away at this (drug problem) and continue to enforce it in this manner. A lot of times, when you have an enforcement action of this magnitude, it's kind of a final culmination, but that's not the case here. Many, many more arrests are expected based on the information we obtained today and from the investigation."
Anyone who has information on the illegal sales and trafficking of narcotics in Jamestown is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department Anonymous Tip line at 483-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.