Man Wanted In Connection With Drug Bust Taken Into Custody

Numerous tips on the whereabouts of a Jamestown man wanted in connection to the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine led to his apprehension Tuesday.

Donald W. Dean, 38, was taken into custody around 10 a.m. by Jamestown and Lakewood-Busti police officers. Dean was located on Lakecrest Avenue in Lakewood.

According to Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department, several calls to the department’s anonymous tip line led police to Dean’s location.

“I would say that we got close to a dozen calls from the tip line on this case,” Samuelson said. “Several of them led us to his position.”

The city resident was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, a Class D felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, an A2 felony.

According to Samuelson, the charges stem from a narcotics raid Friday on Barrows Street conducted by city police, the Department of Homeland Security and State Police. An investigation revealed methamphetamine was being produced and sold from the residence.

Also charged as a result of Friday’s raid were: Joseph Snyder, 28, and Dustin Verrett, 23.

“These types of drugs are something that we have been dealing with,” Samuelson said. “It’s not only a danger for those who use it, but also for neighbors and first responders. There is a substantial risk.”

Dean was transported to Jamestown City Jail. He was arraigned in court Tuesday morning and remanded without bail to Chautauqua County Jail. According to court records, Dean will have his preliminary hearing on Friday.