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Snellings says police were "shocked" to find monumental quantity of narcotic drugs in southside "stash house..."
It's being called the biggest drug bust ever Chautauqua County... let alone Jamestown.  Some 15 kilograms of illegal narcotics has been taken off city streets... and, Police Chief Harry Snellings admitted that investigators wer "shocked" to see this quantity of drugs.  Snellings says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force found three different types of drugs when they executed a search warrant at 477 South Main St. about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.  Snellings they found 9-Kilos of cocaine inside with a street value of more than $2-million.  He adds they also found 3-and-a-half Kilos of Methamphetime, worth $330,000... and, 2-and-a-half Kilos of marijuana, with a street value of $35,000.  In addition... Snellings says they found nearly $140,000 in cash.  Police also arrested a suspected "high-level" dealer at the scene... 34 year-old Juan Pacheco.  Pacheco is jailed without bail on three charges... including first-and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both are Class-A Felonies.  Acting Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the county is "a safer place today because a major trafficking channel has been shut down."  Swanson also vowed to find anyone else involved with the operation... and, bring them to justice. 
Law enforcement urges users whose supply has been affect to get help in kicking drug habit...
Chief Harry Snellings says it's likely that the drugs found in Juan Pacheco's possession were not all destined for the city.  He says, with this amount of narcotics, at least some was likely to be shipped, or dealt somewhere else.  In addition... Acting D-A Patrick Swanson says with this amount taken off the street... there's likely to be a "vaccum" in the supply line, and a lot of users won't be able to get their "fix."  Swanson urged addicts to seek help.  Snellings agreed... saying that on the plus-side... the drugs... and, a major drug trafficker are off the streets.  If you are a drug addict... and, need counseling and treatment help... call the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County at 661-9044.
Brocton woman jailed for alleged animal cruelity...
A Brocton woman has been arrested for allegedly neglecting and abandoning her deceased dog for the past two months.  Sheriff's officers say they received a complaint about a dead dog in the upper apartment at 60 East Main St.  Deputies say witnesses told them that 33 year-old Kelly Harrell has apparently not cared for the animal the past several weeks... and, they found the animal has been dead for an extended period of time.  Officers arrested Harrell in Jamestown late Thursday on a warrant in the city of Jamestown without incident.  She was arraigned on charges including abandonment of animal... and, overdriving, torturing, and injuring an animal... and, sent to the county jail on $2,500 cash bail.
Cattaraugus County man jailed following Vehicle Pursuit in town of Ellicott...
A Randolph man faces a number of charges after allegedly leading multiple police agencies on a vehicle pursuit through the towns of Ellicott, Ellington, Gerry and Poland.  Sheriff's officers say they were alerted to a wanted man operating a car on North Main Street in Ellicott about 2 p.m. Friday.  Deputies say they tried to pull the vehicle over... but, the operator, 31 year-old Austin Slater, drove off.  Officers later used spike strips on the  Gerry-Levant Rd in the Town of Ellicott to disable the car.  Deputies say the vehicle entered into a field and Austin Slater fled into a wooded area.  A foot pursuit then began with the Sheriff's Department, and state Police K-9  Units involved.  After a large scale search of the area... Slater was found hiding in dense brush.  He was arrested on the outstanding warrant... and, other charges including speeding, reckless driving, and unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. 

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