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. The first arrest came shortly before 8 p.m, when officers responded to Franklin Avenue for the report of several young men allegedly entering a vacant home.

Officers entered the home through an open back door and found three young men – Juan C. Bautista, 18, Alfren Sanchez, 18, both of East Second Street and a 15-year-old male – and an alleged strong odor of marijuana.

According to police, a search turned up two small bags of marijuana and a ceramic smoking pipe containing marijuana. All three males were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and the two 18-year-old males were released to appear in Dunkirk City Court. The 15 year old will appear in Chautauqua County Family Court.

Later that evening at about 8:20 p.m., officials made a home check on Orlando “Toby” Vasquez Jr., 38, of Ermine Street. Vasquez, who is already on parole, was allegedly engaging in narcotics trafficking. The home check resulted in the seizure of approximately $620 in cocaine powder and packaging materials. Vasquez was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and a violation of parole, a felony. He is being held without bail pending arraignment.

The final arrest was made at 9:45 p.m, where officials conducted a home check on South Zebra Street for Steven A. Raynor, 34. Raynor was wanted on an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. Following a brief standoff where Raynor allegedly hid in an upstairs bedroom, he was taken into custody. He is currently being held without bail pending arraignment.