Dunkirk Man Charged With Drug Possession

DUNKIRK – A months-long investigation led to a Dunkirk man being charged Friday with criminal possession and sale of drugs.

According to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Noel Rodriguez, 33, was wanted on an outstanding Chautauqua County grand jury indictment warrant, charging him with multiple counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The indictment came after the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s office presented information that Rodriguez had sold quantities of cocaine to agents of the task force in Dunkirk.

Rodriguez was taken into custody Friday at approximately 5:30 p.m. Since a quantity of cocaine was found in his possession, he was charged with an additional count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Rodriguez was transported to Chautauqua County Jail without bail, pending his arraignment at a later date.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force would like to encourage members of the community to call either the task force at 344-8702 or their local police agency when they observe narcotics-related activity in their area.