Second city sweep leads to five arrests
A second street-level investigation by the Dunkirk Police Department as well as other law-enforcement agencies has led to four arrests.
City police report the coordinated effort, with Chautauqua County Department of Probation and New York State Parole, took place on Wednesday night and targeted street level drug dealers and other known criminals in the city. Arrests included:
Juan C. Bautista, 18, of 191 E. Second St., Alfren Sanchez, 18, 37A E. Second St., and a 15-year-old male. Inside of a vacant Franklin Avenue home around 8 p.m. was a strong odor of burning marijuana and a search turned up two small bags of the narcotic and a ceramic smoking pipe containing marijuana. The two 18-year-olds were released with apperance tickets to appear in Dunkirk City Court at a later date to answer a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana. The 15-year-old will be petitioned to Chautauqua County Family Court to answer the same charge.
Orlando Vasquez Jr. Vasquez, 38, of 11 N. Ermine St. Vasquez, who was already on parole, was suspected of engaging in narcotics trafficking. The home check at 8:20 p.m. resulted in the seizure of approximately $620 in cocaine powder and packaging materials. Vasquez was locked up on felony charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He has also been charged with violation of parole and is being held without bail for arraignment.
Steven A. Raynor, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for violation of probation, was taken into custody around 9:20 p.m. after a brief standoff at 112 S. Zebra St. Raynor, who was hiding in an upstairs bedroom, was taken to Dunkirk Police headquarters where he is being held without bail for arraignment.