A lengthy investigation led to five arrests Monday afternoon.
Shortly after 1 p.m., investigators of the Jamestown Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit along with the JPD SWAT team executed a search warrant at 442 Buffalo St.
Russell W. Bales, 33, of Jamestown, Joseph E. Macnamara, 28, of Jamestown, Mark R. Dzielski, 27, of Brocton, Ryan D. Baker, 20, of Jamestown and Christopher J. McMillen, 21, of Youngsville, Pa., were all charged following the search. All five subjects were charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument and one count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Bales was additionally charged with one felony count of criminal nuisance.
Russell W. Bales
Third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance is a class B felony, and if convicted, the subjects could each face a maximum of 25 years in prison, according to New York penal law.
According to police, investigators seized a large quantity of heroin, crack cocaine, U.S. currency and various drug paraphernalia. The approximate street value of the drugs seized was estimated at $10,000.
Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department noted that the search was part of an ongoing investigation into the sale of heroin in the Jamestown area that the JPD has been conducting for quite some time.
"This was a significant amount of heroin that we seized today," said Samuelson. "This was definitely an enterprise that was selling the heroin on an ongoing basis, and we were able to intercept a lot of that today. It just goes to show the level of abuse that's going on in Jamestown. It's a sad sign of the times - this is a drug that ruins families, ruins relationships and ruins lives."
It is believed that the two individuals with residences outside of Jamestown who were charged were occupying the Buffalo Street residence as users.
"It shows the outreach that this drug has," said Samuelson. "Jamestown has become such a user-friendly area for drugs like this, and that's what we're trying to prevent with these investigations."
The five subjects were expected to be arraigned in Jamestown City Court Tuesday morning. Anyone who may have information on illegal drug activity is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Departments Anonymous Tip Line at 483-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.