Search Warrant 51 E 2nd St

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From left to right: Chautauqua County Sheriff Office Lt. Dave Bentley and Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano stand with evidence seized during today’s search warrant at              51 E 2nd St, Dunkirk, NY

On April 28, 2017 at 9:45 A.M. the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, City of Dunkirk Police Department and Dunkirk City Police SRT executed a search warrant at 51 E. 2nd St. in the City of Dunkirk. A search warrant had been issued earlier by City of Dunkirk Court Judge Drag as well as several arrest warrant for subjects that have been using this residence to sell crack cocaine. The entry was made without incident and inside of the residence police located Minerva MAESTRE, Hector A. MERCADO TORRES, Eriberto CORRALIZA and Angelica CULLINAN. The search and arrest warrants are based upon a seven month long investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that the residence was being used by multiple subjects for the storage and sales of crack cocaine. Initially Minerva Maestre and Eriberto Corraliza were charged based on Dunkirk City Court arrest warrants charging them each with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. As a result of the search the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force seized 118.5 grams of crack cocaine and $171,297.00 in U.S. currency. As a result of the seizure inside of the residence at the time of the search warrant each of the two subjects picked up on arrest warrants inside at the residence were charged additionally with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Also charged as a result of the search warrant seizure are Hector A. MERCADO TORRES and Angelica CULLINAN. Both of these subjects are charged with two counts of Criminal possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.
While the search was being conducted inside of the residence, Pedro A. CORRALIZA Jr. arrived in front of the residence and he was taken into custody based on an arrest warrant charging him with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. All of these subjects were transported to the Dunkirk City Jail and then subsequently arraigned before Judge Drag on each of the charges listed. As a result of the arraignment all of these subjects were remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action of the court.
At this time the City of Dunkirk Police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force are attempting to locate Jason ROSAS RODRIGUEZ age 32 and Cristian MAESTRE age 27 on outstanding Dunkirk City Court arrest warrants charging each with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Anyone with knowledge of their whereabouts is asked to call authorities.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods by calling either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.

Drug Sales Arrest

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Angel Tirado-Lopez

On April 26, 2017 Angel TIRADO LOPEZ was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant in Mayville. An arrest warrant had been issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag based on information provided by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. The warrant charges TIRADO LOPEZ with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that TIRADO LOPEZ sold quantities of heroin to agents of the Task Force on multiple occasions in the City of Dunkirk. This arrest culminates a months long investigation into heroin trafficking in the City of Dunkirk. As a result of the arrest TIRADO LOPEZ was arraigned before Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag and then subsequently remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court. Authorities continue to ask community members report suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods by calling either &00-344-8702 or 363-0313. All calls are kept confidential.

Prescription Drug Drop Off

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The City of Dunkirk Police Department and WCA ALSTAR Ambulance  in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are coordinating a North County location for National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday April 29, 2017 from 10AM-2PM.

WCA ALSTAR Services has again graciously provided their North Headquarters for the drive in drop off location. ALSTAR North is located behind School # 3 at Rt. 60 and Orchard Street in the City of Dunkirk. The prescriptions can be dropped off with no questions asked.

This is a very important program because any unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issues leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. In many States deaths from Prescription drugs now exceeds those from motor vehicles accidents with opiate painkillers like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin leading abuse. Recent reports show that the number of people seeking treatment for painkiller addiction had increased 400 % within the last 10 years.  Reports show that one in 10  12th grade students used pharmaceutical narcotic pain killers for non medical use. The reports also show that the majority of the teenagers (62%) using prescription drugs got them from family and friends including from medicine cabinets in their own homes. Unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opiods increased 175% over a 5 year period.   Recent reports note that there were 6.2 Million Americans aged 12 years and older who abused prescription drugs within the past month with 7 of the 10 most commonly abused drugs by teenagers being prescription medicine.

Police make arrest from “Nextdoor” social media tip

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Angel M. Soto-Alvarez

After receiving complaints from neighbors using the “Nextdoor” social media site the police department participates in, City of Dunkirk police were monitoring any suspicious activity at a vacant house on E Talcott St. On Friday, April 21, 2017, at about 5:45 PM, while in the area officers came across a suspicious subject. That subject gave officers a false name and date of birth several times. After further investigation, it was determined that the subject was in fact Angel M. Soto-Alvarez, 27, of Dunkirk, NY and he had an active warrant for a violation of his conditional release. Soto-Alvarez was taken into custody and transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters. While booking Soto-Alvarez, officers located several hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia associated with it. In addition to the warrant, Soto-Alvarez is also charged with False Personation and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Needle.

Drug Arrest

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On April 10th, 2017, at about 3:40 AM, on Columbus Ave in the City of Dunkirk, a Dunkirk Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle travel the wrong way on the one way portion of that street.  The vehicle was stopped for the violation and the driver was identified as Eric D. Fellows, age 26, of Westfield, NY and his passenger was found to be Brandon E. Newby, age 30, of Mayville, NY.  Through investigation, it was determined that Fellows was operating the vehicle while his privileges to drive in New York State were suspended.  Officers also located a quantity of crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle.  As a result of the investigation, Fellows was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, Driving the wrong direction on a one way street, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree.  Newby was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree.  They were both locked up.

Domestic Incident Arrest

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Messiak M. Gonzalez

On April 9th, 2017, at about 3:40 AM, Dunkirk Police Officers were dispatched to a Washington Ave residence in the City of Dunkirk for a report of a domestic in progress where it was alleged that Messiak M. Gonzalez, age 29, of Dunkirk, NY had punched a person’s vehicle windshield, severely damaging it.  Upon officers’ arrival, Gonzalez had fled the scene and could not be located.  Later that morning at 5:25 AM, officers were dispatched back to the same residence in which the same person was reporting to have been assaulted inside their residence after Gonzalez unlawfully entered through a window.  The victim was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital by ambulance for medical treatment.  Through investigation, Dunkirk Police were able to develop a location where Gonzalez was believed to be hiding.  With assistance from Fredonia Police and the New York State Police, officers located Gonzalez hiding in a closet at a different nearby Washington Ave apartment.  Gonzalez was taken into custody and charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree.  It was also found that Gonzalez was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office for a violation of conditions for a previous Burglary.  Gonzalez was locked up without bail.

Kwik Fill Robbery Investigation

img_0005Dunkirk Police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at Kwik Fill on Central Avenue at around 10:02 PM on Saturday night. An undetermined amount of cash was taken by an unknown subject during the incident. No weapons were displayed during the robbery. The suspect fled the area prior to Police arrival on scene. The incident is currently under investigation at this time.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dunkirk Police Department at 716-366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 716-363-0313.

Gun & Drug Arrest

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On Monday April 3rd 2017, at approximately 5:45 PM, City of Dunkirk Police responded to a local manufacturing plant for a report of two employees in possession of a handgun. Responding officers located and confronted the two individuals inside the facility. A safety pat-down was conducted on both and officers located and seized a loaded 9mm handgun which was found in one of the suspect’s front pocket. After further investigation it was determined that the one suspect had passed the handgun off to the other prior to officer’s arrival. The suspects, Christian O. Marin-Sanchez, age 29, of Dunkirk, NY and Hector L. Carmona-Burgos, age 44, of Dunkirk, NY do not possess pistol permits. While booking, officers located a prescription bottle on Marin-Sanchez that contained a controlled medication that he was not prescribed. Both subjects are charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree while Marin-Sanchez is additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. Both subjects are currently awaiting arraignment in City of Dunkirk Police lockup.