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News Update for Fri., Oct. 24, 2014

Another city man arrested during third Meth Lab bust in two days...

The execution of a Felony warrant on Jamestown's southside has led to the discovery of another "one-pot" Methamphetime Lab.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were looking for 27 year-old Steven Whalen at 115 Wilton Ave. Thursday afternoon, when they found the suspect.  Samuelson says he was wanted for violating his probation.  He says officers spotted items used to make meth... and, arrested Whalen.  Samuelson adds they called in members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, they obtained a search warrant... and, found even more materials.  The state Police C-NET, and Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, were also called in, and they found the lab between the attic and basement areas.  Samuelson says no manufactured Meth has been found as yet.  However... he says the CCSERT Team was able to safely remove the materials from the home.  Samuelson says the operation was taking place with a 3 year-old living in the home.  With that... Whalen faces charges including unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetime... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Samuelson says they can't completely put their finger on it... but, says the recent proliferation of Meth Labs appears to be driven by demand... which is why they're asking the public for any tips they may have.  He says it helped in shutting down these three.  Samuelson says more charges are pending against Whelen.. and, more arrests are expected.  If you have any information on the illegal trafficking of drugs in the city... call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

Two Dunkirk residents arrested for alleged Heroin sales...

Dunkirk Police... along with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force... have cracked down on Heroin sales in the north county city... and, have made two arrests within 24 hours.  Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says the arrests involved the same location on West 2nd St.  Ortolano says 36 year-old Yolanda Maldonado-Classen was arrested for allegedly selling the drug to undercover drug agents.  Yesterday... he says 41 year-old Raymond Santiago-Rodriguez was taken into custody for allegedly doing the same thing.  The charges against both include third-degree criminal sale... and, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance stemming from an ongoing investigation into sales of the narcotic drug.  Ortolano says the heroin addiction problem continues to grow, not only locally, but across the "entire country."  Maldonado-Classen and Rodriguez were scheduled to be arraigned in Dunkirk City Court... and, are expected to be remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville.