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City Man Indicted In ‘Crazy Ivan’ Investigation

Pictured are some of the items recovered during the search of a Hazzard Street property in January. An indictment has been returned charging a city man with felony second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. P-J file photo

The first indictment connected to “Operation Crazy Ivan” targeting powder cocaine trafficking in the Jamestown area has been handed up.

John R. Anzalone, 47, pleaded not guilty during arraignment Tuesday in Chautauqua County Court to a single count of felony second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The indictment, which came from a grand jury March 31, is the result of a search that occurred at a 211 Hazzard St. residence in Jamestown in which investigators reportedly discovered 8 ounces of powder cocaine, anabolic steroids, scales, packaging materials, ammunition, a money counter and $4,587 in cash.

The search Jan. 14 included members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the FBI.

Anzalone was taken into custody on the indictment Monday afternoon during a vehicle stop on West Third Street in Jamestown. He was released following arraignment.

“This is part of a large-scale drug operation involving multiple local agencies and the FBI,” said Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department. “We will continue to pursue investigations into the illegal trafficking of narcotics into the Jamestown area.”

Drugs and cash also were recovered during a series of multi-agency searches at the beginning of the year. The sweeps were first dubbed “Operation Crazy Ivan,” named after the 1990 flick “The Hunt for Red October.”

At a 209 West Ave. residence in Falconer, investigators recovered “several pounds of marijuana,” more than $5,000 in cash and two loaded shotguns. The search of a home at 2585 S. Work St. in Falconer resulted in the recovery of 20 firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, cocaine, marijuana and money.

No further charges have been announced, though JPD said the investigation remains ongoing.

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