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News Update! for Wed., July 30, 2014


Authorities announce 41 of 47 people indicted in state court for allegedly selling and trafficking Heroin arrested in early morning drug sweep...

A major drug sweep has taken down what one official calls -- "a massive" -- Heroin sales and trafficking ring in Jamestown that received the narcotics from three major northeast cities.  Officials from three different agencies... including the Jamestown Police Department... this afternoon announced 41 arrests in connection with the year-long investigation into sales of the opioid drug in the area.  Deputy State Attorney General Peri Cadanoff with the Organized Crime Task Force says the arrests came after a 159-count indictment was unsealed in state Supreme Court.  She says investigators found the accused were "covertly distributing these dangerous drugs in the middle of the Jamestown community."  Authorities say six more people remain at large... and, are still being sought in the investigation.  Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings says 35 of the 41 arrested were taken into custody today... while six others were already jailed.  Cadinoff says they joint investigation began when a "spike" in crimes like robbery and other larcenies occured in Jamestown... indicating a need for drug abusers to get cash to feed their habit.  State Police... the U-S Department of Homeland Security... and, Border Patrol were also involved in the investigation.


City lawmakers approve receipt of $69,000 in Gun-Involved Violence grant funds...

The city of Jamestown will be receiving just over $69,000 through the state to help fight gun-related violence in the city.  The City Council this week approved receipt of the Gun-Involved Violence Elimination grant to continue partnerships between Jamestown police and other agencies... and, fund a crime analyst postion.  Police Chief Harry Snellings says the GIVE Grant is replacing Operation IMPACT funding... which is being phased out.  Snellings says the IMPACT funding helped build a number of partnerships that have continued on.  He says the city had been seeing funding for Operation IMPACT being reduced in recent years.  However... he says... for at least the next year... the state has given his department the ability to use the money to support current IMPACT programs.  As a comparison... Snellings says the Jamestown Police Department received $92,500 dollars in this past year's Operation IMPACT Grant.

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