Wanted City Man Jailed On Federal Charges

A Jamestown man is being held on a federal arrest warrant on numerous charges following the search of his city home early Thursday.

Richard E. Kinsey Jr., 35, was taken into custody after attempting to escape out of the 126 Hedges Ave. property.

Members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force assisted U.S. Marshals with locating Kinsey, who was wanted on a federal drug trafficking warrant.

Authorities obtained a search warrant after observing crystal methamphetamine “in plain view” within the home. In all, police reported discovering 25.2 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded handgun and drug paraphernalia.

Kinsey, who is being held for arraignment in federal court, was previously charged in October 2019 with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Pictured are some of the items seized during the search of 126 Hedges Ave. in Jamestown on Thursday. Richard E. Kinsey Jr., 35, was taken into custody after being wanted on a federal drug trafficking warrant. Photo by the Jamestown Police Department

In November, a federal grand jury handed up indictments to three city residents on narcotics conspiracy charges. Named in the indictment were Kinsey, 23-year-old Brandi M. Whitford and 39-year-old Terrence M. McRae.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, between September 2019 and Oct. 23 of last year, the three city residents “conspired to sell methamphetamine in the Jamestown area.”

On Sept. 6, 2019, members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a state search warrant at the residence of Kinsey and Whitford. Both were home at the time, as was McRae.

“As officers entered, McRae was observed exiting the residence to a second story porch roof, where he made a throwing motion,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release. “Officers observed a firearm flying through the air from McRae’s direction to the ground where it was recovered.”

In a search, investigators recovered three additional firearms, 8 ounces of suspected methamphetamine throughout the apartment, about $11,000 in U.S. currency, assorted ammunition and drug paraphernalia to include scales and packaging material.

“We will continue to work diligently and closely with our law enforcement partners in an effort to bring those responsible for the distribution of these horrible drugs in our area,” Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said in October when federal charges were announced.


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