A city of Dunkirk man was arrested Friday on charges related to crack cocaine sales after a nine-month investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in the city.
During the investigation, Dunkirk Police detectives and agents from the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force conducted surveillance, identified customers and were ultimately able to make undercover purchases of crack cocaine from Rodney Hawkins Jr., 24, of 62 E. Courtney St. Based on these purchases, an arrest warrant was issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter Drag.
At about 5 p.m. Friday, Dunkirk Police patrol officers were able to locate Hawkins as he entered a shopping center parking lot near Fourth and Main streets. He was taken into custody without incident.
Rodney Hawkins Jr.
Hawkins was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree; both are Class B felonies.
He is being held without bail in the Dunkirk City Lockup pending his arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.
Agents from the New York State Division of Parole assisted in the investigation and arrest and additional charges for violation of parole may be pending against Hawkins.