A major narcotics pipeline has been eliminated in Jamestown. Forty-seven people have been charged in a drug distribution network that funneled heroin from Philadelphia and New York City to Jamestown.
City of Jamestown Chief of Police Harry Snellings says the individuals allegedly involved have been charged with conspiracy, drug possession, distribution, and sale charges.
“We had arrests made in Binghamton, New York City, Puerto Rico, and throughout parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus County,” said Snellings.
Snellings says in addition to the arrests, police seized more than 3,000 baggies of heroin worth an estimated $60,000 on the street.
“We actually initiated search warrants related to this case back in March. Some of those initial search warrants yielded over $30,000 in cash, prescription pills, a hand gun and a long gun,” said Snellings.
Snellings says many of the drugs were transported in a canister underneath a 1999 Chevy Astro van. The investigation was called “Operation Horseback.” It included undercover operations, and hundreds of hours of covert surveillance and wiretaps. The take-down was part of a multi-agency investigation led by New York State Police, Jamestown Police, the Department of Homeland Security and the US Border Patrol.
One of the individuals named in the 159-count indictment is accused of selling suboxone strips to a woman who allegedly smuggled them into the Gowanda Correctional Facility. Authorities say another person sold heroin to patients in rehab. Snellings says eliminating the pipeline helps make the community a safer place to live and work.
“I think everybody’s aware of the prevalence of heroin and how it’s becoming such an issue in many communities, not just the City of Jamestown, but throughout our region and I guess you can even say nationally. So, for a short term I think it will address some of the issues here, but unfortunately as we all know there’s always people who are willing to step in and pick up where they left off, ” said Snellings.
Charged in the Chautauqua County indictment are:
Alberto Alicea, 54, of Brooklyn
Neftali Benitez, aka “Tego”, 33, of Jamestown
Bryan Bobe, 25, of Jamestown
Charles Brown, aka “Choco Loco”, 42, of Falconer
Stephen Bush, 33, of Jamestown
Hector Cameron, aka “Loco”, 31, of Jamestown
Javier Carasquillo, aka “Oreja”, 43, of Jamestown
Neftali Cintron, aka “Pucho”, 51, of Jamestown
Hector Colon Rodriguez , aka “Chino”, 40, of Jamestown
Ivan DeJesus Pena, 45, of Jamestown
Luis DeJesus, aka “Papito”, 29, of Jamestown
Alfredo Diaz, aka “Ding Dong”, 51, of Jamestown
Samantha DiLallo, 26, of Randolph
Carlos Echiaverria, aka “Boobie”, 31, of Jamestown
Carlos Encarnacion, 59, of Jamestown
Roberto Figueredo, aka “Bost”, 25
Joseph Fontanez, 24, of Jamestown
Christopher Freeney, 43, of Jamestown
Luis Garcia, aka “Wichie”, 42, of Jamestown
Rolando Garcia, 50, of Jamestown
John Grilla, 28, of Jamestown
Jose Guevara, aka “Pun”, 29, of Jamestown
Angelita Guzman, aka “Michelle”, 28, of Jamestown
Francisco Guzman Gonzalez, 46, of Jamestown
Michael Lisciandro, aka “Dougie”, 23, of Jamestown
Moises Lopez-Encarnacion, aka “Junito”, 22, of Mayville
Luis Lozada Berberena, aka “Wiso”, 40, of Jamestown
Eric M. Lundsten, 29, of Ellington
Roberto Morales-Sanchez, aka “Pichulin”, 45, of Jamestown
Jean Noriega, aka “John”, 43
Frank Orazio, 24, of Cassadaga
LaShawn Paige, 42, of Binghamton
Doris Ramos, 25, of Jamestown
Ricardo Ramos, 27, of Jamestown
Jonathan Ribbing, 27, of Lakewood
Eddie Robles, aka “Nelson”, 49, of Jamestown
Leslie Rodriguez, 28, of Jamestown
Randall Rolison, 51, of Jamestown
Olga Santiago, 49, of Jamestown
Jesus Javier Suarez, 44, of Jamestown
Enrique Torres-Baez, aka “Quique”, 43, of Jamestown
James Torres, aka “BK”, 42, of Jamestown
Damaris Urena, 35, of Jamestown
Francis Vega, aka “Pollo”, 37
Edwin Velasquez, 53, of Falconer
Joshua Van Ord, 20, of Lakewood
Walter Westerdahl, 33, of Jamestown