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Sweeps In Meth, Fentanyl Distribution Ring Net 19 Arrests

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Nineteen people were identified in what police described as a “large scale fentanyl and methamphetamine distribution ring” in Jamestown and the town of Ellicott.

Search warrants were served Wednesday at three locations: 628 Spring St. and 15 W. Cowden St. in the city and 252 W. Main St. in the village of Falconer. The investigation was boosted in rounding up the drugs during this week’s sweeps by members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, investigators with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellicott Police Department.

Facing charges as a result of the alleged distribution ring are: Wilfredo M. Castrillo, 46; Rachel R. Kalb, 30; Teresa A. Davis, 59; Carlos Gonzalez, 38; Warren Dinkins, 59; Craig Vanhook, 33; Dwayne A. Lowery, 28; Alvin J. Jusino, 28; Scott Wynn, 47; Russell Sims, 29; Delbert Clark, 55; Melissa Catherman, 44; Kimberly Brandow, 46; Izena Rhone, 33; Patricia Curry, 45; Robin Miller, 33; Zaid Mendoza, 44; Huntyr Swanson, 22; and Cora Waddington, 33.

Miller lives in Stockton; the others are residents of Jamestown.

On Spring Street, police recovered a quantity of fentanyl and methamphetamine, along with packaging materials.

Castrillo, Davis, Kalb, Gonzalez, Dinkins and Vanhook were located inside the residence. Each were charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

According to police, Castrillo also was wanted as a parole absconder; he was held on the parole warrant while the others were released with tickets to appear later in court.

On West Main Street in Falconer, a search turned up more than “40 grams of fentanyl, over 16 grams of methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, cutting agents, a 9mm pistol that was previously reported stolen from the village of Lakewood, a large capacity ammunition feeding device and $1,800 in cash.”

As a result of the seizure, Mendoza and Waddington were each charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.

Swanson also was located inside the village residence. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

All three were transported to Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment and later held for arraignment in Ellicott Town Court.

In an apartment on West Cowden Place in Jamestown, police located 10 people inside. A subsequent search turned up 67.1 grams of fentanyl, 3 grams of methamphetamine, $1,140, scales and packaging materials.

Inside were Lowery, Jusino, Clark, Catherman, Brandow, Rhone, Sims, Wynn, Curry and Miller

All 10 are each facing charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They were being held for arraignment in Jamestown City Court, the department said.

The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force was assisted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown SWAT Team, Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, Ellicott Police Department, Jamestown Police Patrol Division, Dunkirk Police Department, Jamestown and Sheriff’s Office K-9 teams, and Jamestown Fire Department.

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