Drug Sales and Gun Arrests

On October 6, 2017 at 6:41 A.M. the City of Dunkirk Police SRT team and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 632 Deer St. (upper apartment) in the City of Dunkirk. The search warrant had been issued by Dunkirk City
Court Judge Drag based on an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force of the sales of crack cocaine from this address. The entry into the residence was made without incident and once inside officers located Ontario R. Eldridge, age 31, and Katelyn M. Smith, age 27, both of 632 Deer St, Upper Apt, Dunkirk. At the time of the entry the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force had an arrest warrant for Ontario Eldridge charging 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. This warrant had also been issued by Judge Drag. The arrest warrant stems from a months long investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and alleges the sale of crack cocaine from this location in the City of Dunkirk by Eldridge.

Once inside of the residence the search revealed a marijuana growing operation, packaging materials associated with the sale and distribution of crack cocaine, and a stolen handgun. As a result of the seizure of these items Eldridge is charged additionally with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree and Unlawfully Growing of Marijuana. Katelyn Smih was taken into custody and is charged with one count each of Unlawfully Growing Marijuana, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen property in the 4th Degree. Additional charges will be brought against this pair after other items seized are analyzed. Both of these subjects were arraigned before Judge Drag and then remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators 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 within their neighborhoods. Calls can be made to either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.

Search Warrant 80 Lincoln

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After a two-month investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force (STRDTF), two major cocaine traffickers were arrested in the Town of Dunkirk and City of Dunkirk. The STRDTF was assisted in the investigation by the Town of Evans Police, Town of Hamburg Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). STRDTF arrested Michael L. Pacheco, age 26, of 15 Webster St, Dunkirk, NY, at a location on Vineyard Drive in the Town of Dunkirk on a warrant from the Town of Dunkirk Court. At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of more than 4.5 ounces of cocaine. At 7:10pm, STRDTF agents, Dunkirk Police, Dunkirk Police SRT Team, and the DEA executed a search warrant at 80 Lincoln Avenue in the City of Dunkirk. Entry was made into the residence without incident. It is alleged that Fred A. Santiago, age 29, of 80 Lincoln Ave, Dunkirk, NY, conspired with Pacheco to deliver more than an ounce of cocaine to an agent of the STRDTF within the Town of Dunkirk. During the course of the search, agents seized approximately 28.5 ounces of cocaine (street value of all drugs seized $50,000). Also seized was $46,000 in U.S. currency, postal money orders, scales, packaging materials and a cocaine press which is used to process the cocaine for sale. Additional State and Federal charges will be placed against both subjects as the investigation continues. Pacheco is charged with Criminal Sale controlled substance 2nd – Class A-2 Felony and Conspiracy 2nd degree – B Felony and Santiago is charged with Conspiracy 2nd class B Felony.  More charges are expected for both subjects.  As a result of this investigation, additional arrests may be forthcoming. The STRDTF is comprised of deputies from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Dunkirk Police Department. Anyone with information about the sale of narcotics should contact the STRDTF at (800)344-8702.

Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano wants the community to know that “Drug trafficking is a priority for our Department. This is a priority for our Task Force Officers, Detectives, Patrol Officers and SRT Unit each and every day. We want to thank the community for their assistance in providing tips and information about Narcotic activity in their neighborhoods. This type of activity  affects quality of life in neighborhoods and is unacceptable, we will continue to make this enforcement a priority within our Community. Our confidential tip line is 363-0313 or confidential information can be left at the Police Communications Desk or Chiefs Office.

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.

Narcotics Investigation

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On November 10, 2016 at 12:15 P.M., the City of Dunkirk Police Department SRT and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 131 Lake Shore Dr. East. The search warrant had been issued earlier by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag along with an arrest warrant for Carlos M. Ortiz, age 48, of 131 Lake Shore Dr. East, Dunkirk. The arrest warrant charges one count each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. The search warrant was executed without incident. Carlos Ortiz and Elizabeth N. Kaus were found nearby the residence. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Carlos M. Ortiz has sold quantities of heroin to agents of the Task Force on numerous occasions from the residence at 131 Lake Shore Dr. East. At the time that the pair was located Elizabeth N. Kaus, age 24, of 52 Newton St, Fredonia, NY, was found to be in possession of a quantity of heroin. At this time Ortiz is charged with one count each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. As a result of the investigation Ortiz will be charged with several additional felony counts relating to heroin sales. Elizabeth Kaus is charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. Ortiz and Kaus were taken to the City of Dunkirk Police Department Jail and then subsequently arraigned before Judge Drag. Both subjects have been remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court.
Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhood at either 800-344-8702 of 363-0313.

Drug Raid and Arrest

City of Dunkirk Police, in conjunction with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force successfully concluded a lengthy investigation into the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine and the sale of heroin at a Woodrow Avenue home late Wednesday afternoon with the arrest of 3 individuals.

Just before 6:30 PM today officers from the Dunkirk Police Department Special Response Team, DPD Detective Bureau, the 3-11 Shift Patrol Officers, 11-7 Shift Patrol Officers, DPD K-9 Unit and agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task force conducted a raid at 427 Woodrow Ave.

During the raid, 3 individuals were found in the residence along with quantities of materials and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine, heroin package for street sale, packaging materials and evidence of heroin and methamphetamine  sales and use.

Donald Lee Tolbert and Dawn F. Stein were charged with Unlawfully Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony. Tolbert was also charged with Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material for exposing the public to toxic materials that result from methamphetamine production, which he disposed of in an unsafe manner.

A third individual, Richard J. Russo, who is the owner and an occupant of the home, was charged with Criminal Nuisance in the 2nd Degree, a Class B Misdemeanor for allowing the others to use his residence as a place where people gather to engage in unlawful conduct. Russo had been repeatedly warned by members of the Dunkirk Police Department that the people he was allowing to live in and to frequent his home were involved in illegal activity and was offered police assistance in removing them from his home. He declined assistance from the police and continued to allow the illegal drug activity to take place. He was released on an appearance ticket and will appear in Dunkirk City Court at a later date.

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Dawn Stein

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36 W 4th St Search Warrant and Drug Arrests

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City of Dunkirk Police, in conjunction with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, successfully concluded a lengthy investigation into the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine and the sale of heroin at a W. Fourth St. residence Thursday afternoon with the arrest of 9 individuals.
Just before 4:00 PM on March 24th, 2016, officers from the Dunkirk Police Department Special Response Team (SRT), DPD Detective Bureau, the 3-11 Shift Patrol Officers, 11-7 Shift Patrol Officers, DPD K-9 Unit and agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task force converged on the residence armed with a search warrant and battering rams. During the raid, 8 individuals were found in the residence along with quantities of materials and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as scales, packaging materials and evidence of heroin and methamphetamine use. All were charged with Unlawfully Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony. The actual occupants of the apartment were also charged with Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material for exposing the general public to toxic materials that result from methamphetamine production, which they disposed of unsafely. Several of the individuals were also charged with counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree for quantities of narcotic drugs that were found on their persons.
Among the items seized were quantities of heroin, hydrocodone, assorted other controlled substance pills, hypodermic needles, drug packaging materials, scales, precursors of methamphetamine, chemical reagents, solvents and toxic waste byproducts.
A ninth individual, Brian Lidlow, was placed under arrest on multiple outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants from the Village of Fredonia and the Town of Orchard Park when he called, then showed up at the residence to buy drugs while officers were executing the warrant.

Frederick H. Gutekunst, 24, of West Fourth Street in Dunkirk is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.

Robert J. Kaczor Sr., 45, of West Fourth Street in Dunkirk is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, seventh-degree criminal possession on a controlled substance and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.

Robert J. Kaczor Jr., 21, of West Fourth Street in Dunkirk is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.

Sean P. Korzenski, 22, of East Main Road in Dunkirk is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Sean Henry, 36, of Angell Road in Silver Creek is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Aron Sikes, 22, of Howard Street in Fredonia is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Wendy S. Kaczor, 44, of West Fourth Street in Dunkirk is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, and four counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Shelby L. Esperson, 19, of West Fourth Street in Dunkirk, is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.

Search Warrant Executed at 25 E. Benton St.

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Robert S. Gee

On July 22, 2015, at 10 :40 A.M., the City of Dunkirk SRT and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 25 E. Benton St. in the City of Dunkirk.  The entry was made without incident and once inside officers located and arrested Robert S. Gee.  The search warrant and arrest warrant for Mr. Gee had been issued earlier by City of Dunkirk Court Judge Walter Drag.  The arrest warrant charges Mr. Gee with one count of Assault in the 2nd Degree from a reported Domestic incident that allegedly occurred at 25 E. Benton St. in the City of Dunkirk.  Mr. Gee was taken to the City of Dunkirk Jail and then subsequently arraigned by Judge Drag in the Dunkirk Court.  Mr. Gee was then remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action by the court.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and City of Dunkirk Police Department.  The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force would like to encourage members of the community to call either the Task Force at 800-344-8702 or their local Dunkirk Police at 363-0313 when they observe narcotics related activity in their area.


Six houses raided

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The United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and City of Dunkirk Drug Task Force Officers accompanied by Tactical Response Teams from the City of Dunkirk Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department and Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department served search warrants simultaneously at six residential locations in the City of Dunkirk this morning.  The search warrants are part of an ongoing investigation into cocaine drug trafficking headed by the DEA and US Attorneys Office in cooperation with City and County Drug Task Force.  More information will be released at a later time.

35 W 3rd St Search Warrant

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On May 7th, 2015,  at about 9:20 PM, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Dunkirk Police Department and Chautauqua County Probation Department conducted a search warrant signed by Dunkirk City Judge Walter Drag at 35 W Third St.  Officers had to break through heavily-fortified doors and windows of the building, which were set up to make the forced entry more difficult.

Growing marijuana plants worth $50,000 were seized, along with processed marijuana and a grow system, which included lights, an automated watering system, fans, dehumidifiers, chemicals and other items associated with the grow operation.  Also recovered from the residence were records linked to the grow.

Pedro Solares, 60, of Dunkirk who was located inside at the time of the search warrant, was charged with Unlawfully Growing Marijuana.

Further charges and arrests are anticipated.

Anyone with information on drug-related crimes in the Dunkirk area is urged to contact the drug task force at 1-800-344-8702 or Dunkirk Police confidential tipline at 363-0313.