OBSERVER Staff Report
JAMESTOWN - Investigators seized about 700 pounds of growing marijuana plants and 14 pounds of dried marijuana worth about $35,000 along with 37 long guns, one hand gun and a quantity of cash on Thursday.
An investigation into the illegal sales and growing of marijuana in the Jamestown area led investigators from the Jamestown Police Department and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) to obtain and execute five separate search warrants and made seven arrests in the City of Jamestown and Town of Busti Thursday morning.
Angel Pacheco, 37, and Gloria Pacheco, 32, both of 19 Barrows St., Jamestown, were charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawfully growing marijuana after investigators allegedly found over 400 marijuana plants and two pounds of marijuana, along with a quantity of cash.
Eric R. Truver, 22, and Jillian Hilton, 22, both of 60 Water St. in Jamestown, were charged with third-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing marijuana after investigators allege 85 marijuana plants and 10 ounces of marijuna were found.
David Truver, 51, of 822 Lafayette St in Jamestown, was charged with unlawfully growing marijuana after allegedly being found with 83 marijuana plants growing at the residence.
At each location above, investigators were assisted by inspectors from the Department of DEvelopment and Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. The three locations were condemned as the power had allegedly been modified or altered.
Two additional locations were raided in the Town of Busti as part of the investigation. Mark A. Truver, 54, of 7 East First St. in Lakewood, was charged first-degree criminal possession of marijuana after allegedly being found with 12 pounds of dried marijuana, a quantity of cash, and 15 long guns. Scott B. Truver, 55, of 1239 Big Tree Road in Busti, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing marijuana after allegedly being found with 170 marijuana plants, along with 22 long guns.
Jamestown police say the investigation is continuing and more charges are pending.