(6:35 PM) Drugs, Cash, Pickup Truck Among Items Seized During Music Fest
SHERMAN — A cache of drugs, money and a pickup truck were among items seized during this year’s Great Blue Heron Music Festival.
In a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, more than 30 people were taken into custody on 70 charges over the Fourth of July holiday on or near the festival grounds.
Over a five-day span, the agencies reported collecting $3,000 in cash, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, LSD, mushrooms and edibles, among others narcotics. Also seized was a Chevrolet Silverado.
“The collaboration of all the involved agencies has made this year’s detail a success,” Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Jim Quattrone said. “We look forward to a continued collaboration of all the agencies to best serve the safety and security of our community.”
Among notable arrests were to 65-year-old Manuel Shields, 34-year-old Philabelle McCarthy-Shields and 22-year-old Alexis Matuszewski, all from Buffalo. According to a press release Wednesday, all three were charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, 11 counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child less than 17.
Additional charges against the trio are pending.
“This operation that is one we participate in because the safety of the concert-goers is our priority,” Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson. “The multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies participating are great. Ultimately we just want a safe concert weekend.”
Capt. Eric Balon of the New York State Police touted the collabortation between agencies tasked with policing the annual music festival.
“Every year during this detail, we are assisted by the Jamestown Police Department, New York State Forest Rangers and Chautauqua County Probation. Their assistance and expertise with this operation greatly contributes to its success.”