Two Charged In Dunkirk

Ontario Eldridge

Two Dunkirk residents face charges after a drug bust at 6:41 a.m. Friday at 632 Deer St., upper apartment, Dunkirk.

The Dunkirk Police Department’s CRT team and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in the apartment issued Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter Drag based on an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force of the sales of crack cocaine from the apartment. Officers entered the apartment without incident and reported finding Ontario R. Eldridge, 31, and Katelyn M. Smith, 27, inside.

At the time of the entry, task force agents had an arrest warrant for Eldridge charging one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The warrant had also been issued by Drag and came after a months-long investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force alleging the sale of crack cocaine from the upper apartment at 632 Deer St. by Eldridge.

Police report finding a marijuana growing operation inside the apartment, packaging materials associated with the sale and distribution of crack cocaine and a stolen handgun. As a result, Eldridge was also charged with an additional count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and unlawfully growing of marijuana.

Smith was charged with one count each of fourth-degree unlawfully growing marijuana, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Katelyn Smith

Additional charges are expected after other items seized are analyzed. Both were arraigned before Judge Drag and then taken to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further court action of the court.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the 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.

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