4 Charged In Sweep Of Area Properties

Craig M. VanHook

Four area residents were jailed on drug charges after investigators swept two properties early Wednesday.

Taken into custody were 47-year-old Ryan D. Robertson, 43-year-old Dennis W. Annis, 29-year-old Craig M. VanHook and 27-year-old Kirsten L. Martinez.

Two search warrants — one at 58 E. Cowden Place and the other at 21 Hazzard St. — were executed beginning around 4:30 a.m. by members of the Jamestown SWAT with assistance of the New York State Police K-9 Unit. The searches were the result of an “ongoing investigation into the illegal sales and trafficking of narcotics,” police said in a news release.

The investigation included the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, Ellicott police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Inside the East Cowden Place residence, officers reported finding crystal methamphetamine and a .22 caliber rifle.

Dennis W. Annis

Robertson and Annis were each charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Robertson was additionally charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

On Hazzard Street, SWAT officers reported observing VanHook attempting to flush a “quantity of narcotics in the toilet upon their entry,” Jamestown police said.

Inside the home, investigators found crystal meth, cocaine and more than 1 once of fentanyl.

VanHook was charged with five counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and criminally using drug paraphernalia.

Martinez was charged with five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said a 3-year-old child lived at the home.

Kirsten L. Martinez

All four were waiting to be arraigned in Jamestown City Court, and additional charges are expected, police said.

Ryan D. Robertson


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