Salamanca Residents Charged After Task Force Drug Bust

SALAMANCA–Two Salamanca residents were charged with drug possession Friday following a joint police raid.

Shortly before 6 a.m., Paul Johnson and Brenda Ackley, both of 53 Jefferson St. lower apartment, were taken into custody following a lengthy investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Both were charged with second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.

Johnson was additionally charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and Ackley was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Johnson was held on $2,000 cash bail, while Ackley was released.

The Task Force was assisted by the Gowanda and Salamanca police departments, as well as the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.