Heroin dealers were dealt another blow Thursday after two police raids nabbed five individuals and seized more than 30 bundles of heroin.
According to Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, search warrants were executed at the 1091 E. Second St. apartments and a residence at 840 E. Second St. around 10 a.m.
Upon entering the former, police discovered a vacant second-floor apartment that was apparently broken into as a place to sell and use heroin. Investigators located 36 bundles of heroin and cash inside.
"This location was extremely busy," Samuelson said. "Even when we were there during the raid, people were pulling up to stop there."
Samuelson said the apartment's landlord assisted in the investigation.
Four individuals were taken into custody: Jose Diaz-Solis, 51, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree burglary; Cesar Santiago, 37, was charged with second-degree burglary; Hiram Donato, 31, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and LizMarie Rodriguez, 30, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Burglary charges against a fifth man are pending further investigation.
The raid at 840 E. Second St. discovered a quantity of marijuana and cash.
Valerie Comacho, 20, was inside with two small children. She was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The raids are just the latest in what appears to be a rapid counter-drug offensive by the JPD.
"The level of sales of heroin is pretty significant in the city of Jamestown," Samuelson said. "Our goal is to do as much as we possibly can with the information we get. We will continue to operate at this pace, if not more."