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Stash of cocaine, weapons found in town residence

Two town of Dunkirk residents are facing charges after a four month-long investigation into narcotics activity at 3711 Route 5 that led to the discovery of drugs and guns.

Narcotics Investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Dunkirk Police Department executed a search warrant at Lot 24 Wednesday at 11:37 a.m. Also assisting in the investigation was Chautauqua County Sheriff’s SWAT, city police and the Dunkirk Police Special Response Team.

Entry was made into the residence and Jesus M. Aponte-Rosario, 34, and Felipe Otero-Otero, 20, were located. As a result of the search investigators seized 21.47 grams of cocaine, a quantity of fentanyl and controlled prescription pills, two 9mm handguns, two large capacity magazines, scales and packaging material for the sale and distribution of narcotics and $778 in currency.

Aponte-Rosario was charged with third-degree and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree criminal nuisance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.

Aponte-Rosario was also charged with being a fugitive from Justice as he had a felony warrant from Cape May County. N.J. Otero-Otero was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both suspects were transported to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office for CAP arraignment.

Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call and report suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods. For the Dunkirk Police Department Tip line call 716-363-0313, for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators Tip line call either 800-344-8702 or 716-664-2420, for the Jamestown Police Department Tip line call 716-483-8477.

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