Seven drug raids were conducted Wednesday morning in what police are describing as a "joint narcotics enforcement sweep" of heroin and cocaine trafficking and sales in Jamestown.
Members of the Jamestown 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.
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.
Investigators seized large quantities of heroin, cash and drug paraphernalia including syringes, weapons and prescription medication at all of the locations, except the 711 Cherry St. residence, in which cocaine, cash and a marijuana grow operation were discovered.
Entry into several of the locations was made possible by members of the Jamestown Police Department SWAT team and the New York State Police SORT teams.
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 residences at 100 E. Eighth St. and 20 Willis St. are currently ongoing.
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.
See Thursday's edition of The Post-Journal for more information.