JAMESTOWN - Five Jamestown residents and two people from Buffalo were taken into custody following a drug bust Friday morning in the city.
Fifty-one-year-old Cleophis Harris, 49-year-old Anthony Woods, 54-year-old Fattah J. Rahim, 34-year-old Allison M. Turner and 32-year-old Sue Ann L. Gifford, all of Jamestown, as well as 35-year-old Dwight J. Logan and 34-year-old Chantelle L. Logan, both of Buffalo, were taken to Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment after Jamestown Police Department investigators, the JPD SWAT team and members of the New York State Police's Community Narcotics Enforcement Team executed search warrants at two separate apartments at 916 N. Main St. in the city at 9:15 a.m.
"The number of occupants and having the stolen property involved was an extra caveat involved with this raid," said Captain Robert Samuelson of the JPD. "We've seen in the past that these operations will take property in exchange for drugs. Drugs are the nexus to all other crimes. Hopefully this helps make a dent in other property crimes in the city."
A several monthlong investigation into the illegal sales and trafficking of crack cocaine revealed that the drug was being sold from and used in the location. The SWAT team gained entry into the apartments and investigators discovered a quantity of crack cocaine and prescription drug pills along with a quanity of cash at the locations. Investigators also discovered several items of stolen property including a laptop computer that was reported stolen in a burglary in the city Thursday night.
All of the subjects except Harris were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Rahim was additionally charged with first-degree criminal nuisance Chantelle Logan was additionally charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Harris was charged with first-degree criminal nuisance for renting an apartment and providing a location for drug sales and operation. An 18-year-old female who was wanted for several oustanding warrants from the Elmira Police Department was also taken into custody.
"Once we identified the 18-year-old, we learned she had two warrants out of Elmira," said Samuelson. "She was wanted for criminal possession of stolen property resulting from a burglary in Chemung County."
The investigation into illegal sales of narcotics is ongoing and more charges are expected from the investigation. Anyone who may have information on the illegal sales of narcotics is asked to contact the JPD's anonymous tip line at 483-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.